The Question and Answer section for The Devil and Tom Walker is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I'm not sure if you were surprised or not. I was not surprised as his actions were consistent with his motivations and personality at the beginning of the story.
The Puritans believed in hard work.... in making money legally and lawfully. Prosperity wasn't the problem.... the problem in the text came from the names in Old Scratch's graveyard, men who'd become wealthy by questionable means, men who'd made...
Apparently there are great sums of money buried in the forest by Kidd the pirate.