Quotes From The Devil and Tom Walker

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What is it about "The Devil and Tom Walker" that so fascinates the reader? Is it Old Scratch? Is it that miserly ole Tom Walker? Is it the idea of being tempted with riches? What would you do if you were tempted by the Devil? With these quotes, you'll get an idea of why "The Devil and Tom Walker" is so popular. The short story was written by Washington Irving. The legend of a man who sold his soul to the devil and it's devious consequences has been retold many times, but the original words of Irving can not be beaten.

Quotes from The Devil and Tom Walker

"About the year 1727, just at the time when earthquakes were prevalent in New England ‚Äčand shook many tall sinners down upon their knees, there lived near this place a meager miserly fellow of the name of Tom Walker."

"Tom was a hard-minded fellow, not easily daunted, and he had lived so long with a termagant wife, that he did not even fear the devil."

"What was her real fate nobody knows, in consequence of so many pretending to know. It is one of those facts that have become confounded by a variety of historians."

"As Tom waxed old, however, he grew thoughtful. Having secured the good things of this world, he began to feel anxious about those of the next."

"The good people of Boston shook their heads and shrugged their shoulders, but had been so much accustomed to witches and goblins and tricks of the devil in all kinds of shapes from the first settlement of the colony, that they were not so much horror struck as might have been expected."