written by Kevin Yagher & Andrew Kevin Walker, from the short story by Washington Irving
Baltus: Perhaps you had better sit down. The Horseman was a Hessian mercenary, sent to our shores by German princes to keep Americans under the yoke of England. But unlike his compatriots who came for money, the Horseman came... for love of carnage... and he was not like the others... He rode a giant black steed named Daredevil. He was infamous for taking his horse hard into battle...chopping off heads at full gallop. he had filed down his teeth to sharp points... to add to the ferocity of his appearance...This butcher would not finally meet his end till the winter of seventy-nine... not far from here in our Western Woods...They cut off his head with his own sword. To this day, the WesternWoods is a haunted place where brave men will not venture. for what was planted in the ground that day was a seed of evil. And so it has been for twenty years.But now the Hessi! an wakes -- he is on the rampage, cutting off heads where he finds them.
Ichabod: Are you... saying...? Is that what you believe?
Kudos and much thanks go to Ryan G. for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.
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