Top 4 The Devil and Tom Walker quotes
"There lived near this place a meagre, miserly fellow, of the name of Tom Walker."
This quote is taken from the introduction of Tom Walker, the protagonist of the story, and his wife. This quote describes Tom Walker as a poor individual with a miserly demeanor. He and his wife are the primary characters through whom Irving elucidates the vice of Greed as well as its repercussions. Both of these characters meet messy ends, and the fate of their souls is convincingly depicted to be eternal damnation.
"The lonely wayfarer ... hurried on his way, rejoicing, if a bachelor, in his celibacy."
Irving describes the unhappy condition of Tom Walker's relationship with his wife, which he attributes to being caused by their extremely miserly nature. The narrator informs us that they are so greedy even with their dealings that the smallest of incidences leads to heated arguments. Tom Walker's wife is described as a Termagant woman who often vents her frustration through blows. Irving's humor shines in this passage as he describes the happy reaction of a celibate bachelor to the noise of arguments emanating from Tom Walker's home.
"However Tom might have felt ... he was determined not to do so to oblige his wife."
Tom Walker has a conversation with the devil about Captain Kidd's treasure and learns about the devil's conditions for gaining access to the treasure. Tom is mostly convinced of the devil's conditions, but this changes as soon as he informs his wife. He is reluctant to confide in her, but the secret had seemed too great to keep to himself. His wife, who is described as being just as greedy as her husband, immediately begins to pressure him into going through with the deal. This makes Tom Walker completely shun the notion of dealing with the devil, which is yet another humorous point in the story that adds significantly to its entertaining quality.
"The devil himself could not tempt him to turn slave trader."
The devil has certain conditions that Tom Walker has to accept before he can gain the treasure. The first of these conditions is said to be a prerequisite of any deal with the devil, but his second condition is that Tom must become a slave trader. Tom is a character who has been repeatedly depicted as an extremely greedy man, yet it isn't enough to make him a slave trader. Irving condemns slave traders to be on a level lower than Tom Walker, who agrees to sell his soul for treasure.