Sunday, May 27, 2012
Kid Eternity and Rip van Winkle
For those who may not know the story - or need to be reminded - Rip van Winkle is a story written by Washington Irving and published in 1819. Rip is a likable but rather lazy fellow living in a Dutch community in the Catskills of New York. He's hen-pecked and in order to escape one of his wife's diatribes he goes out wandering in the woods with his dog. Encountering some men he helps one of them carry a keg up the mountain. At the top they meet some others who are drinking and Rip joins in, falling asleep as a result. When he awakens there is something strange. His gun is rusty and the wood rotted, the dog is gone and he has a lengthy growth of beard. Returning to the town he fails to recognize anyone but soon learns that he has slept for 20 years and the country is no longer ruled by the British and is independent. When they learn Rip's story apparently they are sorry they weren't able to sleep through the war. I'm not really sure what the moral of the story is but it's reasonably entertaining. At any rate, the figure is metal in about 75mm scale, which is a little shorter than I normally like, but what the heck - Rip's a bent old man by now, right??