The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A strong, plucky, mischievous young man and major rival to Ichabod for Katrina Van Tassel. Brom Bones (whose full name is Abraham or Brom Van Brunt) loves to play practical jokes, get himself into duels, and brag about his exploits. His very name reveals his brute strength and contrasts with Ichabod’s spindly figure and fearful spirit. But Brom Bones is largely harmless, and the townsfolk both admire him for his muscle and roll their eyes at him for his immaturity. However, Brom Bones may be cleverer than he appears. He pays close attention to Ichabod’s fear of ghosts and goblins, and the story suggests that it may very well be Brom Bones who chases after Ichabod in the guise of the Headless Horseman, carrying a pumpkin for the spirit’s head. If his plan was to chase Ichabod away from Katrina, it worked: Brom Bones does end up marrying the damsel.

Brom Bones Quotes in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The The Legend of Sleepy Hollow quotes below are all either spoken by Brom Bones or refer to Brom Bones. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow published in 1999.
Main Story Quotes

I mention this peaceful spot with all possible laud, for it is in such little retired Dutch valleys, found here and there embosomed in the great State of New York, that population, manners, and customs remained fixed, while the great torrent of migration and improvement, which is making such incessant changes in other parts of this restless country, sweeps by them unobserved.

Related Characters: Diedrich Knickerbocker (speaker), Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones
Page Number: 274
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Brom, who had a degree of rough chivalry in his nature, would fain have carried matters to open warfare and have settled their pretensions to the lady, according to the mode of those most concise and simple reasoners, the knights-errant of yore,—by single combat; but Ichabod was too conscious of the superior might of his adversary to enter the lists against him.

Related Characters: Diedrich Knickerbocker (speaker), Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones
Page Number: 283
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The story was immediately matched by a thrice marvelous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey.

Related Characters: Diedrich Knickerbocker (speaker), Brom Bones, Headless Horseman
Related Symbols: Head of the Headless Horseman
Page Number: 290
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He saw the walls of the church dimly glaring under the trees beyond. He recollected the place where Brom Bones’s ghostly competitor had disappeared. “If I can but reach that bridge,” though Ichabod, “I am safe.”

Related Characters: Diedrich Knickerbocker (speaker), Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones
Related Symbols: Head of the Headless Horseman
Page Number: 294
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Brom Bones, too, who, shortly after his rival’s appearance conducted the blooming Katrina in triumph to the altar, was observed to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related, and always burst into a hearty laugh at the mention of the pumpkin; which led some to suspect that he knew more about the matter than he chose to tell.

Related Characters: Diedrich Knickerbocker (speaker), Brom Bones, Katrina Van Tassel
Page Number: 296
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Brom Bones Character Timeline in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The timeline below shows where the character Brom Bones appears in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Main Story
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His most daunting opponent is Abraham Van Brunt, a strong, broad-shouldered, powerful young man nicknamed Brom Bones . Brom Bones is known for being a skillful horseman and an excellent racer, fighter,... (full context)
Reality, Imagination, and the Supernatural Theme Icon
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Brom Bones is also in pursuit of Katrina, which discourages other candidates, who withdraw in despair. But... (full context)
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...some are won over easily, while others are variable and require constant struggle to vanquish. Brom Bones seems not to be able to exclusively conquer Katrina’s coquettish heart. He comes less and... (full context)
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...few of the daughters boast a slightly modern addition like a ribbon or straw hat). Brom Bones stands out from the crowd with his horse Daredevil, a mischievous creature like himself. (full context)
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...are amazed at the sight. Ichabod is thrilled to have Katrina as his dancing partner. Brom Bones sulks jealously in the corner. (full context)
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...at which point the Horseman turned into a skeleton and hurled Brouwer into the stream. Brom Bones , in turn, claims that he also raced the Horseman once for a bottle of... (full context)
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...breaks into a trot and the horseman trots along behind him. Ichabod immediately thinks of Brom Bones ’ story about racing the Headless Horseman, but when he quickens his pace, his follower... (full context)
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...that if he can reach the bridge the ghost will disappear, as it did for Brom Bones , and he’ll be safe. Gunpowder leaps onto the bridge, and Ichabod reaches the other... (full context)
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Brom Bones married Katrina shortly after Ichabod’s disappearance. He tends to put on a knowing look anytime... (full context)