Rip Van Winkle


Washington Irving

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Hendrick Hudson / the crew of the Half Moon Character Analysis

Hudson was a 17th century explorer of the New York metropolitan region, most famous for sailing up the Hudson river (which now takes his name). He was lost at sea after mutineers set him and several other members of his crew adrift. In the story, the spirit of he and his crew haunt the highest peaks of the Catskills. They lure Rip Van Winkle to the top of the mountain, where they play ninepins and provide Rip with a drink that keeps him asleep for 20 years.

Hendrick Hudson / the crew of the Half Moon Quotes in Rip Van Winkle

The Rip Van Winkle quotes below are all either spoken by Hendrick Hudson / the crew of the Half Moon or refer to Hendrick Hudson / the crew of the Half Moon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Rip Van Winkle published in 1999.
“Rip Van Winkle” Quotes

On nearer approach, he was still more surprised at the singularity of the stranger’s appearance. He was a short, square-built old fellow, with thick bushy hair, and a grizzled beard. His dress was of the antique Dutch fashion—a cloth jerkin strapped around the waist—several pair of breeches, the outer one of ample volume, decorated with rows of buttons down the sides, and bunches at the knees.

Page Number: 33
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It was determined, however, to take the opinion of old Peter Vanderdonk, who was seen slowly advancing up the road. He was a descendant of the historian of that name, who wrote one of the earliest accounts of the province. Peter was the most ancient inhabitant of the village, and well versed in all the wonderful events and traditions of the neighborhood. He recollected Rip at once, and corroborated his story in the most satisfactory manner. He assured the company that it was a fact, handed down from his ancestor the historian, that the Catskill Mountains had always been haunted by strange beings. That it was affirmed that the great Hendrick Hudson, the first discoverer of the river and country, kept a kind of vigil there every twenty years.

Page Number: 40
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Hendrick Hudson / the crew of the Half Moon Character Timeline in Rip Van Winkle

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...from before his disappearance, and explains that the Catskill Mountains have long been haunted by Hendrick Hudson and the Half Moon crew. (Hudson was a Dutch explorer in the early 17th century... (full context)