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by Washington Irving

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In "The Devil and Tom Walker", what were Tom's statements before the bargain with the Devil?

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Tom meets the Devil (who is known within the story as Old Scratch ) and negotiates a bargain with him; the story says that the basic terms of the bargain were "easily surmised" - meaning that most people should be able to guess what they were, but neither Tom nor the narrator ever explicitly say what they are. We are meant to know from prior experience, or deduce from insight, that...

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