This comment is inconclusion to reading Washington Irvings Rip Van Winkle.
"God knows!" exclaimed he at his wit's end; "I'm not myself--- I'm somebody else---that's me yonder-no---that's somebody else, got into my shoes---I was myself last night, but I fell asleep on the mountain, and they've changed my gun, and everything's changed, and I'm changed, and I can't tell what's my name, or who I am!"
Not only has Rip changed but everything around him is different. I think he should be glad that time and the insects didn't do to him what they did to his gun. Rip is sad and confused even when he learns his wife, Dame Van Winkle, has died while he was asleep. The confusion is expected but to be saddened by the death of his wife caught me off guard because she was so overbearing and he couldn't even stay home long enough to take care of his own farm because of her. In his own way he must have loved his wife and must have enjoyed the aggervation of being married to her.