Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories

Characters in the story of Rip Van Winkle

Character Description
Rip Van Winkle A henpecked husband who loathes 'profitable labor'. Meek, easygoing, never-do-well resident of the village who wanders off to the mountains and meets strange men playing ninepins.
Dame Van Winkle Rip Van Winkle's cantankerous and nagging wife.
Rip Van Winkle, Jr. Rip Van Winkle's ne'er-do-well son.
Judith Gardenier Rip Van Winkle's married daughter. She takes her father in after he returns from his sleep.
Derrick Van Bummel The local schoolmaster and later a member of Congress.
Nicholas Vedder Landlord of the local inn where menfolk congregate.
Van Schaick The local parson.
Jonathan Doolittle Owner of the Union Hotel, the establishment that replaced the village inn.
Wolf Rip's faithful dog, who does not recognize him when he wakes up
Man carrying keg up the mountain The ghost of Englishman Henry Hudson, explorer of the Hudson River.
Ninepin bowlers The ghosts of Henry Hudson’s crewmen from his ship, the Half-Moon. They share purple magic liquor with Rip Van Winkle and play a game of ninepins.
Brom Dutcher Neighbor of Rip who went off to war while Rip was sleeping.
Old woman Woman who identifies Rip when he returns to the village after his sleep.
Peter Vanderdonk The oldest resident of the village. He confirms Rip’s identity and cites evidence indicating Rip’s strange tale is true.
Mr. Gardenier Judith Gardenier’s husband, a farmer and crabby villager.
Rip Van Winkle III Rip Van Winkle’s infant grandchild. His mother is Judith Gardenier.

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