He assisted at their sports, made their playthings, taught them to fly kites and shoot marbles, and told them long stories of ghosts, witches, and Indians.
Einstein 's Theory of relativityunder which a person traveling at near light speed would experience only the passage of a few years but would return to find centuries had passed on Earth, provides a broad new scope to express essentially the same literary theme - for example, in the opening chapter of Ursula Le Guin 's Rocannon's World.
But years have passed; his family and fellow warriors are all dead. The dogs, too, none of which he recognized for his old acquaintances, barked at him as he passed.
He even ventured, when no eye was fixed upon him, to taste the beverage, which he found had much of the flavor of excellent Hollands. He is also disturbed to find another man called Rip Van Winkle; it is his son, now grown up.
All that and other things could have happened, but the American author Washington Irving wanted his short story Rip Van Winkle to be how it is and thus, we know of Rip Van Winkle as a nice man who was lazy and henpecked and we know of Dame Van Winkle as a loud mouthed shrew, who nagged her husband day and night.
Man carrying keg up the mountain - The ghost of one of Henry Hudson's crew members.
Wyeth McKay, His adherents, however for every great man has his adherentsperfectly understood him, and knew how to gather his opinions.