Rip Van Winkle Questions and Answers
by Washington Irving

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Can you tell me about "Rip Van Winkle"'s  interaction with his wife ?

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Rip seems to want as little interaction with his wife as possible. That is because of her constant nagging about how little work he does on his own farm. It is falling into disrepair and because Rip is gone so often talking to people in the village or fishing in the local mountains, that he and his family are close to financial ruin. He has had to sell the best parts of the farm just to keep food on the table. His wife never lets him forget that or any of his other "failures". So, Rip stays away from her and is "ready to attend to anybody's business but his own.’’ Any interaction he has with his wife is full of her complaining and anger about his shortcomings. So one day he takes his gun and dog off to the river to get some "peace and quiet". He isn't seen again for 20 years and by that time his wife has died.
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