Tom Walker, a miserly man, is much beaten and bullied by his Amazonian wife, Dame Walker. The action of the piece takes place in New E3ngland, early in the eighteenth century, when the Puritans were still in power. Tom, having been well drubbed, slinks out of his house and goes fishing with Old Briggs. While they are safely anchored in midstream, the latter tells him that Captain Kidd, the pirate, buried his treasure in that neighborhood, which excites the cupidity of Tom. He deserts his companion and takes to the woods, camps near the charming spot, and is almost frightened out of his wits by the appearance of the devil, who warns him to be off.. "Out of the frying-pan into the fire," he goes home and, after telling his wife, receives a good beating, and she takes shovel in hand and proceeds to investigate the treasure herself. He endeavors to persuade her from her rash undertaking, but she hands him one from her "terrible left" and proceeds alone to unearth the treasure trove. The ...
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