A sloop was loitering in the distance, dropping slowly down with the tide, her sail hanging uselessly against the mast; and as the reflection of the sky gleamed along the still water, it seemed as if the vessel was suspended in the air. Ichabod was a kind and thankful creature, whose spirits rose with eating as some men's do with drink. And now the sound of the music from the common room, or hall, summoned to the dance. According to , Sleepy Hollow has become a pretty trendy place for young New Yorkers who are just starting a family and getting tired of living in the city. Without looking to the right or left to notice the scene of rural wealth, on which he had so often gloated, he went straight to the stable, and with several hearty cuffs and kicks, roused his steed most uncourteously from the comfortable quarters in which he was soundly sleeping, dreaming of mountains of corn and oats, and whole valleys of timothy and clover. The immediate cause, however, of the prevalence of supernatural stories in these parts, was doubtless owing to the vicinity of Sleepy Hollow. He assisted the farmers occasionally in the lighter labors of their farms; helped to make hay; mended the fences; took the horses to water; drove the cows from pasture; and cut wood for the winter fire.
He has to ride his horse through the haunted area, only to be chased by the headless horseman. Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles, there is a little valley among high hills which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. He had three or four boon companions, who regarded him as their model, and at the head of whom he scoured the country, attending every scene of feud or merriment for miles round. This story was immediately matched by a thrice marvellous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey. The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite specter of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late near the bridge that crossed the brook in the woody dell next to the church; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard. I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won.
The Hessians were notoriously ruthless soldiers who killed without mercy. 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 mens do with drink. The mysterious event caused much speculation at the church on the following Sunday. She was withal a little of a coquette, as might be perceived even in her dress, which was a mixture of ancient and modern fashions, as most suited to set off her charms. The schoolmaster is generally a man of some importance in the female circle of a rural neighborhood; being considered a kind of idle, gentlemanlike personage, of vastly superior taste and accomplishments to the rough country swains, and, indeed, inferior in learning only to the parson. He quickly sets out to win her hand in marriage, coming by the Van Tassel farm frequently to woo her. His only resource on such occasions, either to drown thought, or drive away evil spirits, was to sing psalm tunes;and the good people of Sleepy Hollow, as they sat by their doors of an evening, were often filled with awe, at hearing his nasal melody, in linked sweetness long drawn out, floating from the distant hill, or along the dusky road.
The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe, and that may be the reason why the road has been altered of late years, so as to approach the church by the border of the mill-pond. Once more he cudgelled the sides of the inflexible Gunpowder, and, shutting his eyes, broke forth with involuntary fervor into a psalm tune. Such heaped-up platters of cakes and crullers of various kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives! Ichabod is fascinated by this story, being especially interested and prone to believe in tales of the supernatural. In his hand he swayed a ferule, that sceptre of despotic power; the birch of justice reposed on three nails, behind the throne, a constant terror to evil doers; while on the desk before him might be seen sundry contraband articles and prohibited weapons, detected upon the persons of idle urchins; such as half-munched apples, popguns, whirligigs, fly-cages, and whole legions of rampant little paper gamecocks. He affirmed that, on returning one night from a neighboring village, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper; that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won it, too; but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire.
They end up by the church, the scene of most of the stories of the Headless Horseman, and Ichabod races to the bridge where the ghost is said to disappear and not follow. 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. It was toward evening that Ichabod arrived at the castle of the Heer Van Tassel, which he found thronged with the pride and flower of the adjacent country. However, this classic horror was more than a little short of plot. The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe, and that may be the reason why the road has been altered of late years…The schoolhouse being deserted, soon fell to decay, and was reported to be haunted by the ghost of the unfortunate pedagogue; and the plough-boy, loitering homeward of a still summer evening, has often fancied his voice at a distance, chanting a melancholy psalm tune among the tranquil solitudes of Sleepy Hollow. The bridge may get all of the glory, but the Old Dutch Church is not insignificant to the tale; neighboring locals will tell you of the area's rich Dutch settler heritage whose fables inspired Irving's stories. Irving proposed December 25 which was initially rejected because Christmas did not appear in the Bible and was recognized by the Protestant majority in New York and New England to be a papal abomination.
After the story was published, Major Crane apparently resented being associated with such a laughable character, even if only by name. She swore revenge against Van Garrett and all who had wronged her, if he would raise the Horseman to avenge her, and also to claim the estate uncontested. His appetite for the marvellous, and his powers of digesting it, were equally extraordinary; and both had been increased by his residence in this spell-bound region. Archived from on February 29, 2000. Still he must have had fire and mettle in his day, if we may judge from the name he bore of Gunpowder. A few rough logs, laid side by side, served for a bridge over this stream. Books were flung aside without being put away on the shelves, inkstands were overturned, benches thrown down, and the whole school was turned loose an hour before the usual time, bursting forth like a legion of young imps, yelping and racketing about the green, in joy at their early emancipation.
He repaid them in kind with large extracts from his invaluable author, Cotton Mather, and added many marvellous events that had taken place in his native State of Connecticut, and fearful sights which he had seen in his nightly walks about Sleepy Hollow. He rides off in a hurry but feels something hit his head. To have taken the field openly against his rival would have been madness; for he was not a man to be thwarted in his amours, any more than that stormy lover, Achilles. The soldier was nothing like the character, but the name would be stolen nonetheless. It's Not Cheap However, being so close to New York City means living in Sleepy Hollow will cost you a pretty penny. One man, Brom Bones, a rival of Ichabod, tells how he and the horseman were in a race.
When a fourth victim is killed, Ichabod takes the victim's son, Young Masbath, under his wing. She is a wealthy daughter of a Dutch farmer. Not a limb, not a fiber about him was idle as his loosely hung frame in full motion went clattering about the room. Having eliminated all other heirs and witnesses — and having killed her sister, the crone, for aiding Ichabod — she summons the Horseman to finish Katrina. Through his agent, Yagher was introduced to ; they spent a few months working on a that transformed from a schoolmaster from to a banished New York City detective. Despite that closeness, though, Sleepy Hollow feels about as far away from the city as you can get — in a great way. Hans Van Ripper now began to feel some uneasiness about the fate of poor Ichabod, and his saddle.