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How many years did Rip Van Winkle sleep?

Question #10594. Asked by Maggie.
Last updated Feb 12 2022.

Answer has 16 votes
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Answer has 16 votes.

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In Washington Irving's story, Rip van Winkle fell asleep and woke up twenty years later, having missed the American Revolution, the death of his wife, the marriage of his daughter and the birth of his grandson.


There are many other versions of the story in which characters go to sleep for long periods of time. The Talmud tells several versions of the story of Rabbi Honi who slept for 70-100 years, depending on which version you read. Rip's slumber, compared to this, is really more of a cat-nap.

Response last updated by gtho4 on Feb 12 2022.
Apr 01 2007, 2:52 PM
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Answer has 7 votes.

Response last updated by CmdrK on Jan 22 2018.
Nov 27 2017, 6:05 PM
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