The Devil and Tom Walker is the kind of story that has a great moral lesson to it. The devil wants to make a deal with Tom Walker, but Tom isn't so sure. He goes home to talk it over with his wife. His wife is even more greedy than Tom is, and wants him to make the deal immediately. When Tom doesn't go and make the deal, Mrs. Walker decides to go and make the deal herself. When she doesn't return home, Tom goes to look for her.
When he finds her apron, Tom is overjoyed. He believes that his personal property will be found in the apron, but all he finds is his wife's heart and liver. We see Tom become sad, however we soon learn that the sadness is for the loss of his property and not the loss of his wife. He thinks that she put up a great fight and thinks the devil had a hard time getting her. He feels sorry for the devil having to deal with her. Tom is happy that his wife is gone and he doesn't have to deal with her anymore. He feels gratitude to the devil that he got rid of his wife for him, and this convinces him to make a deal with the devil.
The whole story deals with the realities of greed and people who care about money and their possessions more than they do people. It makes you think about what is really important in life.