"He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hangs that dengles a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served as shovels, and his whole frame most loosly hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears" (490).
"Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and only child of a substantial Dutch farmer. She was a blooming lass of fresh eighteen; plump as a partridge; ripe and melting and rosy cheeked as one of her father's peaches, and universally famed, not merely for her beauty, but her vast expectations" (494). "Ichabod entered the hall, which formed the center of the mansion and the place of usual residence. Here, rows of resplendent pewter, ranged on a long dresser, dazzled his eyes" (496).
"The tale was told of old Brouwer, a most heretical disbeliever in ghosts. How he met the horseman returning from his foray into Sleepy Hollow, and was obliged to get up behind him, how they galloped over bushes and break, over hill and swamp, until they reached the bridge where the horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton" (504).
"In the dark shadow of the grove, on the margin of the brook, he beheld something huge, misshapen, black and towering. It stirred not, but seemed gathered up in the gloom, like some gigantic monster ready to spring upon the traveler" (506).
"Compared them with symptoms of the present case,they shook their heads, and came to the conclusion that Ichabod had been carried off by the galloping Hessian. As he was a bachelor, and in no body's debt, nobody troubled his head anymore about him" (508).
"Brom Bones too, who shortly after his rivals disappearance conducted the blooming Katrina in triumph to the alter, was observed to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related, and always burst into a hearty laugh" (508).