Katrina is a “blooming lass, plump as a partridge, ripe, melting, and rosy-cheeked” who is very light on her feet and enjoys romance.

To me, Katrina’s flirting is akin to Brom’s pranking:

Though Brom was much given to madcap pranks and practical jokes, there was no malice in his mischief. Indeed, with his waggish humor and prodigious strength, Brom Bones was quite the hero, all the country round.

Analogously, Katrina is the closest the county has to a princess, being the only child of the richest farmer. The men treat her like royalty by giving her attention, setting her picnic, and carrying her packages. She accepts their favours and sometimes gives individual attention, in a playful but not overly sensual way.

Though Katrina is flirty, she’s not overly seductive - in fact, Katrina has limits:

You can do more with [other girls] but Katrina will kiss and run, to her, a romance is fun with always another one to start.

Considering that “every part of the Katrina’s heart was jealously guarded by a host of rustic admirers,” (aka “simple country bumpkins” by Ichabod), she has to set boundaries and doesn’t give preferential treatment (unlike Ichabod with mothers who can cook). She has fun and she maintains her values.

Katrina doesn’t allow anything other than holding hands, dancing, or a chaste kiss on the hand. Also, considering she would be an heiress, she would need to be careful since men might only want her for her family farm, i.e. money.

Katrina can’t help it that men admire her nor does she seem to be resented by any other girls for this. I don’t find her spoiled or entitled because, on the flipside, she doesn’t mind if others get the spotlight. For example:

  • Ichabod showing off dance skills in his solo at her party
  • Ichabod  as “man of the hour” with girls crowding him
  • Brom “dancing” with Tilda
  • Brom telling his story/song 

Although she usually gets attention, she doesn’t mind if others get attention and rarely, if ever, does she show jealousy or envy. And so, overall, I find Katrina a confident and carefree gal.

…a confident and carefree gal with a mischievous side >:)

We already know she likes casual romance but, before the story takes place, the narration states:

The ease with which Brom cleared the field of rivals both piqued and provoked the fair Katrina. And she often wished that some champion would appear for once and take the field openly against the boisterous Brom.

In a way, Brom was not only impeding on her fun but also he didn’t have any real competition until Ichabod came. And once they started to compete, “Katrina [] chose to stir the embers of the smouldering rivalry.”

This is partly due to her fun ways with romance but I believe it was also a way of her to see if Brom would have competed against a suitor who wouldn’t back down. Thus she used their rivalry to see if Brom really liked her - but, considering Brom’s history with his rivals, Katrina needed to encourage Ichabod a bit (=“Thus, one invitation in particular carried a most personal and provocative summons.”)

And so mischievous Katrina kept track of this rivalry with as much delight as the viewer, with particular attention to Brom’s reactions when Ichabod outdoes him:

  • Ichabod picks up her packages
  • Ichabod walks her from her horse
  • When Ichabod is inside her house
  • first, dancing with Ichabod and Brom is sitting on the bench
  • second, when Ichabod cuts in the dance and gets her back
  • (First, Brom falls over gate; Second, falls down outside) Both she and Ichabod see what’s going on

The only time Katrina checks on Ichabod is when he fell into the puddle and she gave him a handkerchief. She did also check on both of them from her window, right before Brom was going to punch Ichabod; perhaps her check to prevent the rivalry from going too far.

Overall, considering that Katrina has Brom on her mind more, I think she liked him more. And it makes sense that they marry. She’s fun-loving like Brom and her most joyful time is when she’s listening to his story, smiling and laughing. :D



Isolde’s “Sleepy Hollow” inspired spells #1

Katrina Van Tassel’s « Evil Eye » Enchanted Shoes
For the one who wants to walk home safe and feel reassured at night

When I was 13, my French teacher made our class watch a movie before the Christmas holiday : Sleepy Hollow, by Tim Burton (2000). It was my first horror movie ever, and even know and then I can remember perfectly the intense shivering that crawled on my back while being shocked by what I saw. I was stroke both by the stunning atmosphere of the film (with this incredible gloomy, gothic photography) and the frightfulness of the severed heads and bodies. The Headless Horseman haunts me since, and I can honestly say that he kind of embodies all my deepest, darkest fears – and I’m now 23. For years I had nightmares about him, and sometimes it still happens to me. Well, I guess the turmoil is all mine !

           Anyway. I own this pair of shoes – adorable little boots with diamonds, stars and strass that glitters on the tiptoes. Because of this characteristic, they remind me of a bright night sky, when the stars watch over us, and so I wanted for a long time to enchant them for protection. I want them to keep me safe from harm when I walk with them on, especially at night.

           You may know that Katrina Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow is a witch : she gave Ichabod Crane a small, pale blue grimoire that lately saved his life, but she also tries to protect people (including him and her father) from the attack of the Headless Horseman. To do so, she draws on the floor, with a pink chalk, a magical pentagramm full of symbols and sigils, that first seemed to be the evil eye itself until Ichabod discovers that it is in fact a spell especially designed to protect a loved one.

Here’s my spell, inspired by hers.

You will need : 

- a pair of shoes to enchant

- pink chalk or Posca to draw on the sole

- (optional) silver and gold glitters or sequins

- … and a strong faith and intent !

The Enchantment :

1) Draw Katrina’s pentagramm on the sole of your shoes, thinking of all the « Headless Horsemen » you want to keep away.

2) If your shoes have no stars (and I suppose they won’t, since the moon herself gave mine to me *mischevious smile*), you may want to « add » them. You can sprinkle glitter upon the shoes to consecrate them. You can draw some stars on the sole too with the pentagramm. You can perform the spell under a night sky. Whatever feels right for you to incorpore stars power and invite them to protect you.

3) Finally, chant or say the following :

« Twinkle twinkle little stars

While I walk très tard le soir*

I am free from harm and fears

No Horseman shall bring me tears

When I wear those magic shoes

I am safe from head to toes. »

* « late at night » (yes I’m French, and I wanted a rime, so what)

4) Keep your shoes under the stars for one complete night, for they can soak their energy.

Here you go ! Enchanted shoes, all yours !