Rip Van Winkle Characters

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The Commander

When Rip and the stranger step into the hollow, Rip notices that one of the oddly dressed men appears to be "the commander." He is "a stout old gentleman, with a weather-beaten countenance," and his clothing is a more grand than the other characters. Like the other strangers, he does not speak to Rip or take any particular notice of him. When Rip returns to the village after his long absence, he hears the legend of the explorer Hendrick Hudson. It is said that every twenty years Hudson haunts the county and the river that bear his name.

Diedrich Knickerbocker

Within the confines of "Rip Van Winkle," Diedrich Knickerbocker is simply the man whose papers, found after his death, supposedly contained the story of Rip and his strange encounter. The narrator tells of finding the story and vouches for its accuracy and authenticity based on Knickerbocker's reputation...

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