Rip Van Winkle

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The Union hotel represents the inverse of the old inn. It is now occupied by industrious political activists, who, instead of lazily concerning themselves with outdated news, are occupied by the upcoming Presidential election. The tree under which the old innkeeper used to sleep has been replaced by a flagpole flying the stars and stripes of the union—this is an ominous sign of the new America’s increasing interest in industry and patriotism displacing a love of nature. George Washington’s face, also, has replaced King George’s. Where previously the inn had been a place of idle amusement overseen by a generally absent tyrant, it is now a place of industry, labor, and patriotism.
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The Union Hotel Symbol Timeline in Rip Van Winkle

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Union Hotel appears in Rip Van Winkle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
“Rip Van Winkle”
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...unsettled, Rip hurries to the old inn, but finds in its place an establishment called The Union Hotel . The portrait of King George III on the sign has been changed to a... (full context)