The pirate who, before the action of the story begins in 1727, buried treasure in the swamp near which Tom Walker and his wife live. Kidd never enjoyed the fruits of his evil labors, however; shortly after burying his treasure, he was arrested in Boston, sent to England, and hanged for his crimes of piracy. His black fate anticipates those of all the ruthlessly greedy characters in the story.
Captain Kidd Quotes in The Devil and Tom Walker
The The Devil and Tom Walker quotes below are all either spoken by Captain Kidd or refer to Captain Kidd. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of The Devil and Tom Walker published in 2008.).
“The Devil and Tom Walker” Quotes
The devil presided at the hiding of [Captain Kidd’s] money, and took it under his guardianship; but this, it is well known, he always does with buried treasure, particularly when it has been ill-gotten.
Related Symbols: Old Scratch’s Swamp
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Captain Kidd Character Timeline in The Devil and Tom Walker
The timeline below shows where the character Captain Kidd appears in The Devil and Tom Walker. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
“The Devil and Tom Walker”
...prevalent in New England, humbling many proud sinners to their knees. Near the inlet where Kidd buried his treasure there lives, in a forlorn house with an air of starvation about... (full context)
...as the former makes his way home through the swamp. Old Scratch tells Tom of Kidd’s buried treasure, and offers to place it within Tom’s reach “on certain conditions,” which, though... (full context)