the legend of sleepy hollow
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Crane is tall and extremely thin with a huge appetite and a certain amount of greed. He is the antithesis of the American frontiersman. He is also an intellectual which separates him from the rural population both in temperament and disposition. It is hence satisfying, to many readers, to see his love interests fail and his run-in with the dreaded Headless Horseman. It is the qualities that fit the stereotypes that Crane represents which drive the action of the story and make the gothic nature of it that much more appealing.