What is different when Rip Van Winkle wakes up that was not there before he fell asleep?  

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One of the many changes that Rip Van Winkle notices on waking up relates to his favorite inn. Before Rip fell asleep, the inn was a place of peace and repose, a haven of calm where Rip, and many of the other men of the town, would pass their days in civilized conversation and gentle amusement.

But now, the inn has been transformed into the Union Hotel, and the whole atmosphere of the place has changed. Now, people engage in passionate and often violent debate over politics. As Rip soon discovers, to his horror, they're also intensely suspicious of anyone who appears out of place, as Rip does. Rip's disheveled appearance and nervous demeanor make him stick out like a sore thumb, leading some of the patrons of the hotel to wonder if he's some kind of traitor hellbent on disrupting the election.

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"Rip Van Winkle" tells the story of a man who retreats up into the Catskill Mountains and falls asleep for twenty years. He wakes up to discover that the world has undergone a profound shift in those...

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