The Question and Answer section for Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
That would be a sharp tongue...
Times grew worse and worse with Rip Van Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on; a tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
Dame Van Winkle lectured Rip.
The setting of Rip Van Winkle is the beautiful Catskill Mountains in the state of New York. The story begins prior to the American Revolution..... and Rip later wakes up in the middle of the American Revolution.