The legend of sleepy hollow
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Ichabod Crane had a very fitting name. He resembled a long-legged, long-necked bird. As was said in the story, "He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together."
He was also very conscientious and superstitious, much of his enjoyment came from reading about witchcraft and listening to stories about ghosts and goblins, "... he had read several books quite through, and was a perfect master of Cotton Mather's History of New England Witchcraft, in which, by the way, he most firmly believed." Brom Bones on the other hand, enjoyed taking advantage of Ichabod's superstition by playing practical jokes on him.
Brom Bones was very muscular and mischievous. He had a Herculean frame, curly black hair, and as already stated, enjoyed playing pranks on Ichabod. As was said in the story, "He was broad-shouldered and double-jointed, with short, curly black hair, and a bluff but not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance." The problem Brom had with Ichabod was that they were both trying to win the heart of Katrina, and it seemed as though Ichabod was winning.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Brom is a man of action, a successful one at that, but Ichabod is a man of letters, a barely successful one, and despite his other skills, he is not much more. He is bold when he carries the rod against the strongest children, and he lets himself think he has other great skills, such as singing and dancing. In reality, Brom Bones has all the social and athletic success.