The beginning of "Rip Van Winkle" focuses quite a bit on developing the characters of Rip and Dame Van Winkle. A quote that stood out to me was "Times grew worse and worse with Rip Van Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on; a tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use."
Rip's marriage was obviously a burden to him. From his perspective, his wife's constant nagging made his life almost unbearable. But I found it interesting that if we look beyond this particular story, we can find what I believe is a very true statement in Irving's words. "A tart temper never mellows with age." In a very broad sense, isn't this pretty accurate? I don't think that I know of anyone who, being a poor-tempered person in young to middle adulthood, has become more pleasant as the years go on. Even in movies we often see sour old characters who we find out were also sour young people!
The same goes for "a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use." Someone who is constantly nagging or criticizing tends to end up being pretty good at knowing exactly what to say to bring others down. In a twisted way, this shows that practice really does make perfect.
So even though Rip may have been a very lazy man in his own household, Irving's desciption of Dame Van Winkle's temperment seems to be quite plausible as well.