The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane, John Quidor, 1858

“All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely pre-ambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was – a woman.”

― Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

(That was all one sentence, by the way.) If you haven’t read Sleepy Hollow, I recommend it. It’s quite funny in parts, as are many of Irving’s ghost stories. 

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