Rip Van Winkle was born at a village in America. He was simple and good nature. The children would shout with joy when they saw him. He told them stories of ghosts and witches. He would never refuse to assist a neighbor. He did not like to work in his own farm. His wife scolded him always for his idleness but in vain Rip Van was not really lazy. He caught fish all day without murmur. One day he went away into the woods with his gun and his dog Wolf. He got upon the highest part of the mountain. The sun was about to set He thought of going home. Soon he heard a voice from distance.
The story of Rip Van Winkle is set in the years before and after the American Revolutionary War.