Rip's own family and farm fell into ruin as he attended to anyone's business but his own as he wandered along with his pet, Wolf. Dame Van Winkle's temper mounts and he decides to take a trip into the woods.
Now, let me tell you children about how to fly kites!
On his walk with his dog Wolf, Rip Van Winkle discovered a company of Dutchman and drinks with them. He drinks himself to sleep and wakes up alone, in a fog of confusion.
They have the gravest of faces.
Rip makes his way back to town to only discover that it has been 20 years since he disappeared, his wife is dead, and the world around him has change. He finds his now adult daughter and son and lives with them, still finally entertaining the youngest generation of his times.