How does Washington Irving's use of imagery in "The Devil and Tom Walker" portray Tom Walker's character?

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An example of the imagery that Irving uses to explore Tom Walker's character is provided towards the beginning of the story, when the reader is first introduced to Tom Walker and his wife, and the setting where they live. It is clear from the actual description of Tom's marriage that what defines him above all else is greed, as the description of how he and his wife hide even a hen's egg from each other and try to keep it for themselves demonstrate. But note the image that is given of the house and the surroundings that is given and how this reinforces the impression of their

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