Washington Irving’s main character in The Devil and Tom Walker is Tom, a greedy and selfish man who loves money more than his wife who is just as greedy as him. One day Tom, during a walk, begins a conversation with the devil incarnate, Old Scratch, described as a woodcutter. Scratch offers Tom riches in exchange for his soul and Tom accepts. When Tom mentions this secret to his wife, she decides make a secret deal with Scratch as well. When Tom goes in search of his wife he finds her heart and liver tied to a tree.
Tom continues to deal with Scratch agreeing to become a money lender, until suddenly he becomes afraid of the afterlife. He then becomes very devoted to God, but is he really changed? Will he escape the devil's grasp?
Keywords: The Devil and Tom Walker, Washington Irving, Faligi