The Devil and Tom Walker

In the story "The Devil and Tom Walker," what did the author use to add humorism

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When Tom was happy to find out that his wife was killed by the black woodman. He considered it a good dead, and was more worried about finding his household goods rather than his wife.
He painted a grim and somewhat dour picture of how Tom and his wife got along. From the way the story reads, Tom was abused and oppressed by his shrew of a wife and he is completely thankful to the devil for killing her.