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Why does Ichabod Crane need to be able to have all of his belongings in a small bundle? Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

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As part of Ichabod Crane's compensation for teaching the children in the Sleepy Hollow area, he gets his room and board, on a rotating basis, from the farmers whose children he is teaching.  Irving notes that "With these [that is, the farmers] he lived alternately a week at a time, this going the rounds of that neighborhood, with all his worldly effects tied...

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