Old Scratch strikes a deal with Tom Walker, offering the riches hidden in the swamp by Captain Kidd in exchange for a great price, which is often thought to be his soul.
And so, every day he looked for the giant. Tom now grew uneasy for her safety, especially as he found she had carried off in her apron the silver tea-pot and spoons, and every portable article of value. Under one of these gigantic trees, according to old stories, there was a great amount of treasure buried by Kidd the pirate.
He wanted Tom to buy a ship and bring slaves to America.
Active Themes Tom arrives home to find a black, irremovable fingerprint burnt into his forehead. He even talked of the expediency of reviving the persecution of Quakers and Anabaptists.
Tom navigates the treacherous swamp carefully, scared occasionally by the screaming and quacking of birds.
But Tom Walker was still not afraid. Having left the small Bible in his coat and having covered the large one with the mortgage, Tom is helpless to prevent the devil from placing him on the horse, which gallops off down the streets of Boston.
Away went Tom Walker, dashing down the streets, his white cap bobbing up and down, his morning-gown fluttering in the wind, and his steed striking fire out of the pavement at every bound.
On searching his coffers, all his bonds and mortgages were reduced to cinders. It is true, he was dressed in a rude, half Indian garb, and had a red belt or sash swathed round his body, but his face was neither black nor copper colour, but swarthy and dingy and begrimed with soot, as if he had been accustomed to toil among fires and forges.
When she came back, she was reserved and sullen in her replies. 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. He accumulated bonds and mortgages, gradually squeezed his customers closer and closer, and sent them at length, dry as a sponge, from his door.
All these were under his command, and protected by his power, so that none could find them but such as propitiated his favor.
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. He dug it out of the earth. Tom had long been picking his way cautiously through this treacherous forest, stepping from tuft to tuft of rushes and roots, which afforded precarious footholds among deep sloughs, or pacing carefully, like a cat, along the prostrate trunks of trees, startled now and then by the sudden screaming of the bittern, or the quacking of a wild duck, rising on the wing from some solitary pool.
Tom Walker, however, was not a man to be troubled with any fears of the kind. The shortcut in the swamp symbolizes these shortcuts people try to use to get ahead in the world.
Suddenly, Tom Walker heard an angry voice: He wanted to thank the giant for this. He proposed, therefore, that Tom should employ it in the black traffic; that is to say, that he should fit out a slave-ship.
Write to us in the comments section or on our Facebook page. However Tom might have felt disposed to sell himself to the devil, he was determined not to do so to oblige his wife; so he flatly refused, out of the mere spirit of contradiction. Under one of these gigantic trees, according to old stories, there was a great amount of treasure buried by Kidd the pirate.
A black man was holding a black horse, which neighed and stamped with impatience. Like most short-cuts, it was an ill-chosen route. He was on the point of foreclosing a mortgage, by which he would complete the ruin of an unlucky land-speculator for whom he had professed the greatest friendship.
But when he opened the cloth, there was no silver in it -- only a human heart. These poor economic conditions forced many people to seek out usurers so that they could obtain loans to make ends meet.
Tom lost his patience and his piety. A couple of these have no moral lesson associated with them, but notice how the one he chooses has the most prominent moralistic message of all: Shortly thereafter, the man says, a thunderbolt fell in that direction which seemed to set the whole forest ablaze.
The inlet allowed a facility to bring the money in a boat secretly, and at night, to the very foot of the hill; the elevation of the place permitted a good lookout to be kept that no one was at hand; while the remarkable trees formed good landmarks by which the place might easily be found again.
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