Ichabod is also very superstitious, which is foreshadowed in the stories he chooses to share with the townspeople. This is important to the story because it allows Bram's practical joke to work so effectively on him.
Ichabod is awkward, bookish, and attracted to the prospect of wealth. He thinks he is manly in a reserved kind of way, and the town think he is "a kind of idle gentleman".
Katrina is self-involved and flirtatious. She loves the attention from men, and does not discourage Ichabod until he professes his intentions.
Brom is popular, manly, good-natured skilled, and mischievous. The people believe him to be "the hero of the country round, which rang with his feats of strength and erudition".