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Setting in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Setting Examples in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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"Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor, during the early days of the settlement; others, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there..."   (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

Sleepy Hollow is not only quiet and remote but also enchanted. Irving is setting the stage for strange things to happen.

"dream quietly away the remnant of a troubled life..."   (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

Again, Irving is subtly establishing that Sleepy Hollow has special, and unusual, qualities—it is remote, quiet, conducive to dreaming

"one of the quietest places in the whole world..."   (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

Irving is foreshadowing a tone of mystery by emphasizing Sleepy Hollow's remoteness from the rest of the busy world.

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