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Dame Van Winkle, the wife of Rip Van Winkle, is certainly no easygoing "lovey-dovey" lady.
The narrator of Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" calls Rip's wife a "shrew" and a "termagant," both terms uses to describe a nasty, overbearing wife. Rip is referred to as an "obedient, hen-pecked husband."
Rip, of course, is hardly faultless. He is a lazy, unsuccessful man who spends his time hunting, fishing, or hanging out with his friends at the tavern.
Perhaps you could write a thesis statement in which you claim that Mrs. Van Winkle is a shrew, or---just the opposite---that she is a concerned wife who tries to reform her lazy, good-for-nothing husband.
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