tHE DEVIL & tOM wALKER

tHE DEVIL & tOM wALKER
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  • In a month? I'll do it tomorrow!
  • You shall open a broker's shop in Boston next month
  • Tom uses the loss of his wife as consolation, and acknowledges that Old Scratch has actually done him a service by getting rid of her.Finally Tom decides he wants the treasure he was promised, and he sets out to find Old Scratch once again.
  • Sir, you have made a lot of money off me already!
  • Tom takes the money and sets up as a usurer in Boston, becoming popular with adventurers, speculators, and merchants looking to borrow money to begin their ventures. He loans to them and then soaks them dry with his interests rates
  • As he grows older, though, he worries that the bargain he made with Old Scratch will result in being damned in the afterlife, so he becomes a religious zealot, attending church and praying to get back in the good graces of God.
  • Has anyone seen my wife?
  • But it is too late for redemption. When a poor land-jobber visits Tom and asks him to please give him more time to pay off his loan before foreclosing his mortgage, Tom refuses. The man says that Tom has made so much money off him already
  • the devil take me if I have made a farthing!
  • when Tom says "the devil take me if I have made a farthing!" a black man on a black horse knocks on his door, come to take him away. Tom Walker is gone for good, and when trustees go to claim his assets, they find that all his possessions—including his house—have gone up in flames.
  • That was the last time Tom saw his wife, later he found her liver & heart tied up in her apron
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