~Fain would I pause to dwell upon the world of charms that burst upon the enraptured gaze of my hero, as he entered the state parlour of Van Tassel's mansion. Not those of the bevy of buxom lasses, with their luxurious display of red and white: but the ample charms of a genuine Dutch country tea table, in the sumptuous time of autumn. Such heaped up platters of cakes of various and almost indescribable kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives. There was the doughty dough nut, the tenderer oly koek, and the crisp and crumbling cruller; sweet cakes and short cakes, ginger cakes and honey cakes, and the whole family of cakes. And then there were apple pies and peach pies and pumpkin pies; besides slices of ham and smoked beef; and moreover delectable dishes of preserved plums, and peaches, and pears, and quinces; not to mention broiled shad roasted chickens; together with bowls of milk and cream, all mingled higgledy-piggledy, pretty much as I have enumerated them, with the motherly tea pot sending up its clouds of vapour from the midst-Heaven bless the mark! I want breath and time to discuss this banquet as it deserves, and am too eager to get on with my story. Happily, Ichabod Crane was not in so great a hurry as his historian, but did ample justice to every dainty.
-Excerpt from 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.' Written by Washington Irving in 1820.
Can't you just picture that tea table with all of that food on it?
I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow out of the book, 'American Short Stories,' I bought at a thrifty shop last week. It's a thick book filled with short stories and I'm glad I purchased it because I have been really enjoying the wild short tales in it. It cost me only $2.99.
So I did a little research on the tale of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.'
By golly, did you know that there is such a city called, Sleepy Hollow, New York? I did not know that.
Also, the Old Dutch Church that is mentioned in the tale is a real church!
Again, I did not know this.
I watched The Legend of Sleepy Hollow movie in 1999. You might remember it. Johnny Depp starred in it.
Although I would like to watch it again now that I've read the story. All though it was said in the reviews that the movie was much different then the short story tale. In the movie, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) was a detective trying to find out who was doing all of the killings in Sleepy Hollow. Where the book, Inchabod was trying to win over the farmer's daughter, Katrina Van Tassel's love. He was competing with another gentleman, Brom Bones. The story was set in 1790 in the Dutch settlement in Terry Town, New York. And Sleepy Hollow is inside that city.
After I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, of course I wanted to read reviews about the story from other readers. Again, I looked up some reviews on the Internet. I wanted to see if the comparison of what I read and what another reader might had picked up on the tale that I did not. And sure enough, Ichabod was a teacher in the short story. I thought he was a student. Don't no where I came up with that. =) But none the less, I'm glad I read it. I liked how it did have a little bit of some true history. Well maybe not the headless horseman or if you'd like to believe otherwise. =) It wasn't to scary of a tale. Just make sure when you snuggle up onto the chair tonight with your tea, and your little dog next to you....you might want to leave some extra lights on. Oh make sure all the doors are locked. Oh, and all of your curtains are closed. I think you get my drift. Oh and don't forget, you must grab a quilt to. =) And enjoy.... 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.'
I'm signing off...........from Peek-A-Boo Street!