How does Irving's portrayal of Dame Van Winkle enhance Rip's character?

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Irving's depiction of Dame van Winkle serves to make Rip a more sympathetic character.

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

This is how Dame van Winkle is described. She is a "termagant wife" who turns her husband out of the house with her scolding. But, when Rip sits idly at the inn, exchanging gossip and discussing the news of the prior month after an old newspaper has...

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