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As the land-jobber continues to plead with Tom, he reminds him that he's made a lot of money off him already. Tom responds with "The devil take me if I have made a farthing!" and that is the beginning of the end.
There's a knock at his door; it's a black man waiting with a black horse. The man tells Tom he's come for him; Tom realizes he's been caught off guard without a Bible on his person. A countryman reports the sight of the man whisking Tom away on the horse in the middle of a thunderstorm heading toward the Indian fort, and Tom never returns.
Trustees were appointed to handle Tom's possessions, but they realize that he no longer has any; as soon as he was carried away all of his money, stocks, and bonds vanished, his house burned down, and his horses were reduced to mere skeletons. According to the narrator, the story of "The Devil and Tom Walker" has become a proverb all across New England.