In Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," what does Ichabod do with his school children when he receives the invitation to the Van Tassel party?

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After Ichabod Crane receives the invitation to the Van Tassel party in Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," he gives his students one of the best gifts that a teacher can give--an early release! Crane obviously valued his chance to solidify a fantastic future over his teaching duties for the day. He had to spruce himself up as best as possible before the party, of course. "Books were flung aside without being put away on the shelves," Irving narrates, "inkstands were overturned, benches thrown down, and the whole school was turned loos an hour before the usual time." For such a rigid teacher, he never would have allowed his students to scatter off without any responsibility to the cleanliness of his schoolhouse; it was his realm of responsibility! But he must have figured that this was the pivitol moment for his opportunity with Katrina because after the party, he seemed to have given her a proposition which, by his rejected body language afterwards, she ultimately refused.

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