Once the setting and characters are introduced, the rising actionif a story begins and continues until it reaches the climax. A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp or morass. There was nothing, however, to administer upon. When she came back, she was reserved and sullen in her replies. Supernatural because Tom Walker faces Society when he was poor and he faces the devil when he was weathly.
But by now the dreams have collapsed, and everybody is going through hard times. Under one of these gigantic trees, according to old stories, there was a great amount of treasure buried by Kidd the pirate. Exposition- Tom Walker and his wife are described as miserly and bitter towards each others. In this way, Irving satirizes those who turn to religion and make public shows of devotion while retaining their meanness of spirit. In exploiting the vulnerable, Tom is acting all the more immorally. Walker agrees readily, without really considering what he is expected to pay in return—his soul.
The devil's conditions are unknown. She meets with Old Scratch herself, but tells her husband that Old Scratch requires an offering. Trustees were appointed to take charge of Tom's effects. Plot Event 4 Tom discovers his wife's remains in an apron. He's able to lend money at even more exorbitant rates because people are willing to deal with him even on bad terms.
As he rested, he dug into the earth with a stick. A few days' time saw Tom Walker seated behind his desk in a counting-house in Boston. However, instead of becoming genuinely remorseful for his sins, Tom becomes a violent church-goer who makes brash displays in church and criticizes others rather than looking after his own sins. The poor man asked for more time to pay. In fact, it seems that many in New England are looking for ways to get rich quick regardless of the moral cost.
The older Tom grows, however, the more thoughtful he becomes, especially about the afterlife. In place of gold and silver, his iron chest was filled with chips and shavings; two skeletons lay in his stable instead of his half-starved horses, and the very next day his great house took fire and was burned to the ground. As a former elementary school teacher, Cheryl Starr now writes full-time from Missouri. So they shook hands and struck a bargain. She was never seen again. Being of the same fearless temper as her husband, she set off for the old Indian fort toward the close of a summer's day. He tries to cheat fate by becoming a church goer.
This, however, is probably a mere old wives' fable. He saw his wife's cloth hanging in a tree. Tom becomes as religiously as he is fiscally rigid, supervising and judging his neighbors for their trespasses, thinking each of their sins credit in his own bid for heaven. One day Tom takes a shortcut through a swamp to get home. He had left his little Bible at the bottom of his coat-pocket and his big Bible on the desk buried under the mortgage he was about to foreclose: never was sinner taken more unawares. In the story Absalom Crowninshield Was found dead after Tom Walker saw his name on a tree that was burning in Old Scratchs forest.
Puritans, Quakers, and Anabaptists, all strict Christian orders concerned with moral consciousness, populated the area. His boxes of gold and silver had nothing in them but small pieces of wood. He scowled for a moment at Tom with a pair of great red eyes. Tom waited and waited for her, but in vain; midnight came, but she did not make her appearance; morning, noon, night returned, but still she did not come. Despite his many unsavory characteristics, he is also memorable.
Walker gets rich very quickly but sins over and over again for robbing the towns folk and making them poor. While the land jobber and others are not entirely blameless in their attempts to get rich quickly, Tom has actively manipulated his relationships with others to maximize his profits. Indeed, one might always tell when he had sinned most during the week by the clamor of his Sunday devotion. He carried a large ax. Nevertheless less, the next time the devilappears to Tom, he is eager to strike a deal now that he will nothave to share anything with his wife.