What does the "perpetual club with sages, philosophers and the other personages of the village" represents in "Rip Van Winkle" as an allegory?

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An allegory is a story, a setting, or a thing with a hidden meaning.

In the passage you allude to, the men in question stand for—are an allegory for—the apathetic, foolish Americans who drifted along letting the king and England make all their decisions for them before the American Revolution. They are do-nothings who sit under the trees in front of the inn, which is decorated with a picture of King George III....

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