What is the plot (sequence of events around which the story is told) of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ichabod Crane is a schoolteacher who has come to the village of Sleepy Hollow. He is liked by the local people, and his intelligence is much admired. Ichabod is well-read, and he especially likes ghost stories, of which the local lore abounds. There is an especially favored story widely shared about a headless horseman that rides in the night.

Attracted as much by her wealth as by her beauty and charm, Ichabod begins to court Katrina Van Tassel. His rival is Brom Bones, who is handsome and athletic, and everything the bookish Ichabod is not. Brom wants to fight Ichabod, but Ichabod will not oblige.

One evening, the Van Tassels have a party, and after a night of merry-making and scary story-telling, Ichabod proposes to Katrina and is apparently denied. On the way home, he is pursued by a headless horseman, knocked unconscious, and never seen again. Some believe that Brom was behind the disappearance of Ichabod, while others maintain that Ichabod was a victim of the much-storied headless horseman. Ichabod lives on as the subject of one of the ghost stories he loved to tell.

sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To add the first part of the story, after Ichabod takes the job as a teacher, he becomes a part of the community in many ways.  He tries to help out on the farms, though he has little strength and less skill.  He provides singing lessons for the adult ladies.  He walks his younger children home from the school, but only if they have attractive older sisters and/or mothers that are good cooks.  Clearly, Ichabod is selfish.

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