Nicholas Vedder is the landlord of the old inn, who sits all day in the shade of a large tree, who speaks very little, and whose opinions are indicated by the way he smokes his pipe: short puffs when he is displeased, and long tranquil puffs when he is pleased. He is dead by the time Rip wakes up from his long sleep.
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