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Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • Dariahas quoted4 years ago
    To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.
  • Sigynhas quoted2 months ago
    he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was—a woman.
  • еvehas quotedlast year
    He was a kind and thankful creature, whose heart dilated in proportion as his skin was filled with good cheer, and whose spirits rose with eating, as some men's do with drink.
  • Ivanhas quotedlast year
    But all these were nothing to the tales of ghosts and apparitions that succeeded. The neighborhood is rich in legendary treasures of the kind. Local tales and superstitions thrive best in these sheltered, long-settled retreats; but are trampled under foot by the shifting throng that forms the population of most of our country places. Besides, there is no encouragement for ghosts in most of our villages, for they have scarcely had time to finish their first nap and turn themselves in their graves, before their surviving friends have travelled away from the neighborhood; so that when they turn out at night to walk their rounds, they have no acquaintance left to call upon. This is perhaps the reason why we so seldom hear of ghosts except in our long-established Dutch communities.
  • carsten60394has quoted3 years ago
    ducks and geese are foolish things, and must be looked after, but girls can take care of themselves.
  • missninahas quoted4 years ago
    as she sagely observed, ducks and geese are foolish things, and must be looked after, but girls can take care of themselves.
  • Dan Zúñigahas quoted4 years ago
    there is no encouragement for ghosts in most of our villages, for they have scarcely had time to finish their first nap and turn themselves in their graves, before their surviving friends have travelled away from the neighborhood; so that when they turn out at night to walk their rounds, they have no acquaintance left to call upon. This is perhaps the reason why we so seldom hear of ghosts except in our long-established Dutch communities.
  • ishmael caplenhas quoted9 years ago
    and like the lion bold, which whilom so magnanimously the lamb did hold,
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