Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories

Lesson from Rip Van Winkle

Give your impression about the last phrase of the story " It's a common wish of all henpecked husbands in the neighbourhood, when life hangs heavy on their hands, that they might have a quieting draught out of Rip Van Winkle's flagon"?

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I think this reflects the time period this is in. Masculinity and gender stereotypes were clearly defined. Listening to one's wife, "henpecked husbands", meant that a man lacked control over his relationship and his life.