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"The Devil and Tom Walker" Summary

The man who gave his sole to the devil in exchange of wealth. . . .
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nann harwood

on 31 October 2012

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Transcript of "The Devil and Tom Walker" Summary

The Devil and Tom Walker The Devil and Tom Walker is set in New England in the early 1700's. The narrator tells the story of a local man who is involved in dealings with the devil. The narrator never says if the stories are true only that they are widely spread. According to local legend, a treasure is buried in the dark woods under a tree on the outside of Boston, by Kidd the Pirate. It is now said that the devil "presided at the hiding of the money, and took it under his guardianship. He had made a deal to select people and take their money and send them to the devil but, "He thought with regret of the bargain he had made with his black friend, and set his wits to work to cheat him out of the conditions."In the end Tom Walker is never seen agian after running away on the back of a black horse. It is now said that there is a figure riding on a horse guarding the treasure. " In the year 1727 a local man, by the name of Tom Walker, finds himself in the dark grove alone at dusk while taking a short cut back to his house. Tom is well known among the people for his and his wifes ridiculous habbits in which they "conspired to cheat each other." Neither are aware that a treasure lay by. Tom walker meets a shady man who tells him of the treasure. He makes a deal wil the shady man (the devil) in exchange for the treasure . When his wife finds out she goes after the treasure and never returns,;all that is left of her is her apron and her insides. John Faustus, scholar of Wittenberg, seeks power and knowledge, and turns to magic; he sells his soul to Lucifer by writing and signing a contract in his own blood. Throughout the play, he performs various "miracles" with the help of Mephistophiles such as playing havoc with the Pope. After signing the contract the second time, he has Mephistophiles conjure Helen of Troy from the ether, and he seals his doom with a kiss from her lips. Though from time to time Faustus seems on the verge of repenting, he doesn't, and is ultimately carried off to hell by devils. ? Would you make the
same bargain?
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