"This must be where Ichabod Crane takes his dates."
"The light... came in through the big window at the east end, and splashed over my easel, making an elongated
Ichabod Crane shadow on the floor."
"The trees lining the road seemed almost to be marching along with him, tall sentinels guarding the silent
forest behind them that could might, surely be inhabited in this dark night by ghosts, a
headless horseman, or he thought with a smile a witch who cast spells."
"Aloysius, who looked a pass between Ichabod Crane
and Smike; Aloysius, with his bit of scandal burnished with
wit; who, after a long, hard Saturday, would go home to
scrub the floor of the dingy lodgings where he lived with
his invalid mother, and who rose in the cold dawn of Sunday
morning to go to early mass, so that he might return to cook
the dinner and wait upon the sick woman. Aloysius, whose
trousers flapped grotesquely about his bony legs, and whose
thin red wrists hung awkwardly from his too-short sleeves,
had in him that tender, faithful and courageous stuff of
which unsung heroes are made."
"post equitem sedet atra cura."
"Ichabod was horror-struck upon perceiving he was headless...."
"He looked like a bad cross between a nerdy scientist in a movie and Ichabod Crane."
"Nothing says 'Ichabod Crane' like three inches of neck protruding from a one-inch high collar."
"From the ghouls in Dickens and Charlotte Bronte, to Ichabod Crane, to the sexually frustrated, spindle-shanked Miss Sidney in William Inge's Picnic, [WASPs] have drawn teachers as loathesome, utterly ridiculous, and inadequate in all ways. And, of course, skinny, should anyone miss the point of their poverty."
"You live here?" Barton had asked, expression of disbelief etched across his face. "No, it's nice. I like it. Always wanted to see where Ichabod Crane might live."