A countryman, who lived on the border of the swamp, reported that in the height of the thundergust he had heard a great...
Tom Walker: The protagonist of "The Devil and Tom Walker." Described as "a meagre miserly fellow," he is probably Washington Irving's most despised (or least likable) character. Despite his many unsavory characteristics, he is also memorable.
At last, Misses Walker decided to do what Tom refused to do. She put all her silver in a large piece of cloth and went to see the dark giant. Two days passed. She did not return home. She was never seen again.
The story may be seen as ambivalent on the treatment of the Native Americans . Webster states "If two New Hampshiremen aren't a match for the devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians." However, the stranger/Satan remarks that "When the first wrong was done to the first Indian, I was there", which implies the author's acknowledgement that the Indians were sometimes wronged. " King Philip , wild and proud as he had been in life, with the great gash in his head that gave him his death wound" is noted as a notorious villain of American history. (The historical King Philip ( Metacomet ), died from a gunshot to the heart, not a gash to the head.) Some modern historians claim that King Philip's villainies were only a response to the wrongs done to his people, but the story holds to the mainstream view that atrocities are wrong, whoever does them — and that Indian culture saw nothing wrong with them. [ citation needed ]