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Rip Van Winkle had grabbed his gun and his dog, Wolf, and headed out to the woods. He rested under a tree where evening came on quickly. As Rip was getting ready to journey back home, he heard a voice calling his name. He went to see who was calling his name. He discovered an old man carrying a keg on his back. Rip and the old man walked to a ravine in the mountain. There they found a band of odd-looking people. Rip and the old man drank from the keg the man was carrying on his back. Rip feel into a deep sleep, which bring us up to his awaking.
Rip Van Winkle woke up and it seemed to be the next morning. "The birds were hopping and twittering among the bushes, and the eagle was wheeling aloft, and breasting the pure mountain breeze." I think this symbolizes that the jeopardy that Rip was in the night before was over. The text said that the people in the ravine were rolling balls that echoed sounds of thunder through the ravine. That makes me picture a dark storm rolling in. This sets the scene with a little tension because Rip did not know what to make of the people in the ravine. He was a little frightened by them. So the birds singing and the sun rising the next morning seems to set the mood at ease again.
Rip thinks about what went on the night before. He remembers the old man, the keg of liquor, the party, and the flagon. The flagon was the cup that Rip Van Winkle drank from the night before. Rip Van Winkle said, "Oh! That flagon! That wicked flagon!" I thought it was humors that he blamed the cup for getting him "tipsy" and causing him to sleep through the night.
The first hint that is giving that Rip did a little more sleeping than he thought was the moment he reached for his gun. "He looked round for his gun, but in place of the clean, well-oiled fowling-piece he found an old firelock." It stated that the barrel was rusted and the stock was full of holes from worms eating away at it.
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Thinking that the people in the mountains had stolen his gun and dog, Rip set out to the spot where he was the night before to reclaim his possessions. As he got up he was very stiff and his bones did not want to corporate. Rip passed it off to sleeping on the ground but to the reader that is a true sign that Rip probably slept longer than just one night. I also found humor in that Rip was scared that he might develop rheumatism from sleeping in the night air. He was not frightened off being sick, he was just scared of what his wife would do to him he got rheumatism.
As Rip arrived at the spot where the mountain people had been, to his astonishment a stream was now running through the ravine. "A mountain stream was now foaming down it, leaping from rock to rock, and filling the glen with babbling murmurs." To me, this relates how quickly nature changes. It can recreate itself into something totally different. It went from an amphitheater ravine, to a mountain stream with no trace of the people or Rip Van Winkle's remains. Also I think that the stream might be a slight symbolization. Where it says the "water leaped from rock to rock" that almost sounds like the water was the men that had been there the night before. It is almost like they were having fun jumping from rock to rock to spite Rip Van Winkle.