What are some stories that are alluded to in this section? Discuss the motif of storytelling and its possible significance.
Answers should observe the "stories within a story" quality of "Sleepy Hollow." They should observe the fact that Crane is a teacher and that he enjoys reading, listening to and passing on all manner of stories. They should mention his interest in Mather's stories, the housewive's ghost stories, the story of the headless horseman, and his gossipy nature. Consider helping students think about the power of stories to excite imagination.
Analyze and discuss Crane as a character. Is he likeable based on what you know?
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