Rip Van Winkle was a man who lived in New York, near the Kaatskill Mountains. He is a man who works selflessly for others but sometimes forgets to help himself.
Rip had a dog named wolf, and his wife, "Dame Van Winkle regarded them as companions in idleness" (Irving 11).
He wanted to escape his nagging wife, so he hiked up the Kaatskill Mountains. Up there, he found a little Dutch man, his "dress was of the antique Dutch fashion" (Irving 14).
He was given a "magical" liquor and was surrounded by people who were relaxing.
Rip Van Winkle was now subject to the drink, and he found a tree and began "sleeping on its glassy bosom" (Irving 14).
When he woke up, at the pub, King George's "red coat was changed for one of blue and buff, a sword was held in thehand instead of a sceptre, the head was decorated with a cocked hat, andunderneath was painted in large characters, GENERAL WASHINGTON" (Irving 19).
People asked him, ""Why, where have you been these twenty long years?”" (Irving 22)