In "Rip Van WInkle," by Washington Irving, what are some words that can describe the "changes" in Rip Van Winkle after his twenty-year absence?
Before Rip Van Winkle has a little drink and falls asleep, he is not a very productive man. In fact, he cares little for his family and spends most of his time trying to avoid work.
Rip Van Winkle...was one of those happy mortals, of foolish, well-oiled dispositions, who take the world easy, eat white bread or brown, whichever can be got with least thought or trouble, and would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound.
Unfortunately for him, Van Winkle is married to a nagging woman who thinks a man should work and provide for his family rather than sit, content with his idleness.
If left to himself, he would have whistled life away in perfect contentment; but his wife kept continually dinning in his ears about his idleness, his carelessness, and the ruin he was bringing on his family. Morning, noon, and night, her tongue was incessantly going, and everything he said or did was sure to produce a torrent of household eloquence. Rip had but one way of replying to all lectures of the kind, and that, by frequent use, had grown into a habit. He shrugged his shoulders, shook his head, cast up his eyes, but said nothing. This, however, always provoked a fresh volley from his wife; so that he was fain to draw off his forces, and take to the outside of the house—the only side which, in truth, belongs to a hen-pecked husband.
This was Van Winkle's life before his long sleep, and his only ally was his dog. He was not a...
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