Discuss the effects of the repetition of the words “every” and “change” in the following passage from “Rip Van Winkle”: “Every change of season, every change weather, indeed every hour of the day, produces some change in the magical hues and shapes of these mountains, and they are regarded by all the good wives, far and near, as perfect barometers.”

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The effect of the repetition of the words “every” and “change” is to highlight the fact that the Catskill Mountains appear to be in a constant state of flux, which only adds to the sense of magic about them.

The ever-changing shapes and colors of the mountains make them seem...

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The effect of the repetition of the words “every” and “change” is to highlight the fact that the Catskill Mountains appear to be in a constant state of flux, which only adds to the sense of magic about them.

The ever-changing shapes and colors of the mountains make them seem like they come from another world, like they are enchanted. Those impressions are reinforced by the strange experience that Rip Van Winkle has when he wanders through the Catskills one day and comes across the spirit of Henry Hudson, the famous English explorer—known in Dutch as Hendrick Hudson—and his crew.

Such an unusual encounter is exactly what we'd expect to see in a place where there is so much change at every hour of the day, and where such change produces a magical transformation in the shapes and colors of the mountains.

The luscious description of the Catskills from the above excerpt gives us the impression that there's something almost unreal about them. And there's certainly something unreal about Rip Van Winkle's encounter with the spirits and his subsequent descent into a two-decades-long slumber.

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