Strange as it may be to tell, I don't think I'd ever actually read this before. I would've sworn that I had. Of course, I knew the story... but nope, the language and details were all fresh and new to be. And that was a pleasant (if bewildering) surprise! Because - what language! This is a beautifully told tale, and a true pleasure to read. Irving can really turn a phrase, and the story is surprisingly humorous.