Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories

Rip Van Winkle

Why is Rip's dog (wolf) signifant or important to Rip Van Winkle?

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His one companion in the household is his dog Wolf, who for no good reason is just as badly treated by the petticoat tyrant Dame Van Winkle. The dog exists as a loyal companion: a juxtaposition to his nagging wife.