the story of the antimaterialistic hero by Washington Irving
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Rip hears the strange jargon of his new setting. True it is his old village but he recognizes little about it.
"The very village was altered; it was larger and more populous. There were rows of houses which he had never seen before, and those which had been his familiar haunts had disappeared." There were men outside-but none that he recognized. One man was speaking loudly about "rights of citizens-election-members of Congress-liberty-Bunker's Hill-heroes at '76-and other words", that were a perfect Babylonish jargon to the bewildered Van Winkle."
Babylon is a reference to the ancient Mesopotamia. The author means that all this strange talk of independence and rights meant nothing to Rip. He simply didn't understand. He was a fish out of water, so to speak.