The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Storyteller Character Analysis

The source, according to Knickerbocker, of the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which he tells at a business meeting in New York that Knickerbocker attends. When he is asked about the moral of the story, he responds with a nonsensical logical syllogism that nevertheless suggests that reality might be just as strange as the supernatural. Irving also uses the storyteller as another way to blur history and storytelling, and raise questions about both.

Storyteller Quotes in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The The Legend of Sleepy Hollow quotes below are all either spoken by Storyteller or refer to Storyteller. 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.
Postscript Quotes

“That there is no situation in life but has its advantages and pleasures—provided we will but take a joke as we find it:
That, therefore, he that runs races with goblin troopers is likely to have rough riding of it.
Ergo, for a country schoolmaster to be refused the hand of a Dutch heiress is a certain step to high preferment in the state.”

Related Characters: Storyteller (speaker), Ichabod Crane
Page Number: 297
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“Faith, sir,” replied the story-teller, “as to that matter, I don’t believe one-half of it myself.”

Related Characters: Storyteller (speaker)
Page Number: 297
Explanation and Analysis:

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Storyteller Character Timeline in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The timeline below shows where the character Storyteller appears in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Postscript
History and Storytelling Theme Icon
...in the “ancient city” of Manhattoes (i.e. Manhattan), told by a shabby old man (the storyteller). Most of the attendees enjoyed the tale, but one other elderly gentleman seems doubtful and... (full context)
History and Storytelling Theme Icon
Reality, Imagination, and the Supernatural Theme Icon
He asks the storyteller what the moral of the story is. The storyteller answers that every situation in life... (full context)
History and Storytelling Theme Icon
Reality, Imagination, and the Supernatural Theme Icon
The wary gentleman seems even more confused by this logical syllogism, as the storyteller looks back at him triumphantly, before the gentleman claims that he still has doubts about... (full context)