Explain, in detail, what happened when Ichabod entered Katrina’s house in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

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Upon Ichabod's approach to the estate to teacher Katrina music, he is more than delightfully surprised at what he sees. He is in awe of the richness of the land and can hardly contain himself as he approaches Katrina's door. He sees the land and its beauty, he eyes the animals and imagines the feasts they would bring. He even imagines the very dishes that would be made. The pigs would be roasted, the porkers would be bacon, the ducks would be side dishes, the geese would be gravy. As he makes his way up to the porch he realizes how much he wants this place to be his own and the only way to get it is to marry Katrina. As he enters the house his amazement is enriched even more when he sees all that the house has to offer. He admires the pewter pieces, the furniture, the parlor, even the ceilings.

"From the moment Ichabod laid his eyes upon these regions of delight, the peace of his mind was at an end . . ."

Ichabod was now consumed with how to win the heart of Katrina, the country coquette. He begins to realize how impossibly difficult it was going to be to win the heart of the lass which every man in the countryside wanted for his own. He even thinks how much easier it would be to win the heart of a princess by slaying a dragon. It is inside this house that Ichabod's life begins to drastically change.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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