What are some scenes in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" that present Brom Bones as a practical man?

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It is important to realise how Brom Bones is being presented as the opposite of Ichabod Crane. Through these two characters Washington Irving brings to light the age-old conflict between the refined city, home of culture and civilisation, and the brash countryside, the home of hard work and nature. From the start Ichabod Crane is presented in a manner that makes him clear he possesses the best and worst values of the city, and Brom Bones likewise symbolises the country. Both, rather interestingly, make rather unpleasant suitors, but Brom Bones wins the day because he is able to practically identify Ichabod's weakness in believing ghost stories and use this to his advantage.

If you want a quote that shows that Brom Bones is a practical man, the best place to look is when we are first introduced to Ichabod's rival for his beloved's affections. Note how Brom Bones is described:

He was foremost at all races and cockfights; and, with the ascendency which bodily strength acquires in rustic life, was the umpire in all disputes, setting his hat on one side and giving his decisions with an air and tone admitting of no gainsay or appeal.

He is the epitome of a practical farmer, but one who also possesses a mischievous side, as is made clear by reference to his gang and the "waggish good humour" he displays.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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