DEFEND MRS VAN WRINKLE?
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Rip Van Winkle’s wife, Dame Van Winkle, is a sour-tempered woman who spends all her time berating Rip for taking such poor care of the farm and being so idle. Defending her is pretty hard because she is largely a stock character. I suppose you could infer something up about her but there is not much textual evidence to support a sympathetic reading of her.