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by Washington Irving

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What is the setting of "Rip Van Winkle"? What feature of the place seems to be the most memorable? What details suggest when the story takes place?  

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At the beginning of Washington Irving's tale "Rip Van Winkle" the narrator offers a description of the story's setting by detailing geographical features

WHOEVER has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to a noble height, and lording it over the surrounding country. Every change of season, every change of weather, indeed, every hour of the day, produces some change in the magical hues and shapes of these mountains, and they are regarded by all the good wives, far and near, as perfect barometers.

In this opening sequence of sentences, Irving indicates that the story takes place at least near "the Hudson" river and "Kaatskill...

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