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What are the physical characteristics of Brom Bones from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

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Brom Bones is a strong, hearty, broad-shouldered man with curly black hair, a man of

Herculean frame and great powers of limb.

He is friendly, sociable, and an expert horseman. He often acts as a general umpire in disputes (this would not be a baseball umpire as baseball was not yet invented) and makes decisions authoritatively, with a

tone admitting of no gainsay or appeal.

He is a robust, red-blooded, athletic, all-American male. He is likened to a "bear" when courting Katrina.

His appearance is meant to be a stark contrast to that of his chief rival for Katrina, Ichabod Crane. Crane is described as tall, lanky, and so thin as to look like a scarecrow or a famine victim, with glassy eyes and a spindly neck. He is a loner, as far as other men are concerned, though women like him.

Brom, however, always appears with his "gang," and is prone to a brawl or a prank. He wants a straightforward fight with Crane to decide who should have Kristina, but given how much bigger and stronger Brom is, Crane evades that.

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Brom Bones from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is strong, big, and brave.

Brom Bones is really Abraham Van Brun.  Brom is the Dutch abbreviation for Abraham.  He is described as a “burly, roaring, roystering blade” and a hero to the whole country, which likes to sing songs and tell tales of “his feats of strength and hardihood.”  He is very strong and brave and roughly chivalrous.

 He was broad-shouldered and double-jointed, with short curly black hair, and a bluff, but not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance. 

 He earned the nickname Brom Bones from his extraordinary physique.  It is a compliment to his strength.  Soon, he is universally known by it.  He is always ready to fight or play, and has a gang of loyal followers. 

He also acts as umpire in everything from fist fights to cock fights, and settles any dispute while walking around “setting his hat on one side” and giving his decisions in a way that allows no arguing.  In cold weather he wears a fox-tail fur hat.

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