he made a deal with the devil
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As he grows older, though, Tom begins to think about his life a bit more, and realizes that while he has enjoyed great pleasure in this life, because of what he's done he might not have the same luxury in the next life. Even though it was part of the bargain he made with Old Scratch, he decides to try and cheat himself out of the conditions and begins a life of religious zeal. He attends church more than anyone else, prays incessantly, and keeps a huge Bible in his home. Tom becomes as known for this as he had been known before for his riches.