What do the war and the death of Rip's wife have in common in terms of how Rip will live the rest of his life? Washington Irving's Rip van Winkle
After Rip van Winkle's return from the Catskill Mountains and his twenty-year sleep, he finds his life much altered: His termagant wife, Dame van Winkle, has died as has the former life he knew as a subject of King George III of England. With the end of his marriage and the end of Colonial America, van Winkle is relieved about the first situation--
Whenever her name was mentioned, however,...
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