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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving

The Supernatural Quotes

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Quote #4

"[H]e 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. (1.19)

Oh, Irving.

Quote #5

They harried his hitherto peaceful domains; smoked out his singing school, by stopping up the chimney; broke into the school-house at night, in spite of its formidable fastenings of withe and window stakes, and turned every thing topsy-turvy: so that the poor schoolmaster began to think all the witches in the country held their meetings there. (1.31)

Ichabod is so obsessed with the supernatural that he thinks these very human pranks are something much more frightening. For a teacher, he sure isn't the smartest guy.

Quote #6

Many dismal tales were told about funeral trains, and mourning cries and wailings heard and seen about the great tree where the unfortunate Major André was taken, and which stood in the neighborhood. (1.52)

War is a tragic part of Sleepy Hollow's history, there's no avoiding it. But scary stories are a great way to keep the legend alive. We're pretty sure we would have remembered more about history class if it were told in scary story form while our teacher made spooky noises. What do you think, Teach?

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