Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

I have recently finished, (for the umpteenth time) the short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.  It is an enjoyable, funny story of the school master, Ichabod Crane, and what happens when he tries to win the affections of a girl clearly out of his league, Katrina Van Tassle. When Ichabod Crane shows up, Katrina is already being courted by Abraham Van Brunt, or as his friends call him, Brom Bones.  Katrina is not only pretty, she's also rich, and Ichabod Crane likes her for both reasons.  But, in the end, his affection apparently isn't returned because after a huge party at her father's house, to which the whole neighborhood is invited, Crane tries to stay behind to have some one on one time with Katrina, but she apparently breaks up with him, because he leaves in a very "desolate and chapfallen" way.  On his way home, in the dark of night, all alone except for his borrowed horse Gunpowder, Ichabod meets an unwelcome fellow traveler.  What happens next, I'll leave up to you, to find out!

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