The Legend of Sleepy Hollow(沉睡谷传奇)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow(沉睡谷传奇)



The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite specter of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard. The story was immediately matched by a thrice marvelous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey. He affirmed that on returning one night from the neighboring village of Sing Sing, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper; that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won it too, for Daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow, but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire. All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod.

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《沉睡谷传奇》是19世纪美国著名小说家和历史学家华盛顿·欧文的悬疑恐怖短篇小说,出自他的小说集《见闻札记》(The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent),写于英国伯明翰,首次发表于1820年。《沉睡谷传奇》与华盛顿·欧文的另一部作品《瑞普·凡·温克尔》(Rip Van Winkle)都是至今仍被广泛阅读的美国早期小说。