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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving
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The narrator explains that the valley of sleepy hollow is a place of wonder, mischief, and powerful unknowns. This foreshadows what to the reader?

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A description of a setting can often foreshadow events to come in the novel. In this story, the description of Sleepy Hollow in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" directly foreshadows the supernatural events that take place. Particularly, the phrase "powerful unknowns" can point to the mysterious, supernatural occurrences of the Headless Horseman. The word "mischief" foreshadows the tricks played upon Ichabod by Brom Bones and his mischievous, rugged gang. Before knowing the exact storyline of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," one can make some guesses from the description of the setting that the short story may contain spooky myths or folklore. Indeed, the title of the story, which also contains the name of the setting, suggests some sort of mystery or folklore.

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