What sentences in “Rip Van Winkle” portray the relationship between nature and man?

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A good sentence in “Rip Van Winkle” that portrays the relationship between nature and man is the following:

For some time, Rip lay musing on this scene, evening was gradually advancing, the mountains began to throw their long blue shadows over the valleys, he saw that it would be dark, long before he could reach the village, and he heaved a heavy sigh when he thought of encountering the terrors of Dame Van Winkle.

Rip has been out with his dog, rambling through the Catskill Mountains on a fine day in autumn. As well as being his favorite spot for shooting squirrels, this lovely part of the world provides him with a place of rest and tranquility, where he can escape being henpecked by his wife.

In the fashion of the Romantics, Rip feels at one with the natural environment. Back home on the farm, all is toil and misery; there, the easygoing Rip feels out of place with his surroundings.

But up in the Catskills, it's a different story entirely. There Rip can feel a connection with his immediate environment. Up in the mountains, there is no strife or toil or conflict. All is peace and harmony. Which explains why Rip can only sigh deeply at the thought of leaving behind this little piece of heaven on earth and returning once more to his unhappy home.

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