What does Tom see up in a tree when he is looking for his wife? What is his reaction? Why?
Her apron heavily laden - He is happy because he has the valuables back
Explain the irony of “He leaped for joy; for he recognized his wife’s apron, and supposed it to contain the household valuables.” How does Tom feel about the devil after this incident?
He is thankful that she is gone and he has his stuff back… he SHOULD be sad that she is gone; he feels gratitude to the devil for getting rid of her
What is the “one condition which need not be mentioned”? (182)
Selling his soul to the Devil
Explain “In proportion to the distress of the applicant was the hardness of his terms.” How does Tom become rich? How does he spend his money? What shows he is still a miser?
The worse off they were and the more they needed the money, the higher their repayment terms would be.; he lends money to other people and has them pay it back at steep interest rates; he is still a miser because he has a HUGE house but leaves part of it unfinished and unfurnished because he’s too cheap to fix it up
When he gets old, what different things does he do to avoid keeping his end of the bargain he had made with the devil? (184)
He becomes a “violent churchgoer”
What favor does a customer ask on Tom’s last day of life? Why does he think Tom might grant it? (184)
Give him a few more months to pay – “You have made so much money out of me.”
What is Tom’s response to this customer’s request? What happens immediately after? Why? What has happened to Tom’s wealth by the end of the story?
“The devil take me if I have made a farthing!” - and… the devil comes to take him. – Everything has turned to dust.