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Posted By: GUEST,Russ
24-Oct-02 - 11:09 AM
Thread Name: Choosing a Child Ballad for Study
Subject: RE: Choosing a Child Ballad for Study
Consider Matty Groves (Little Musgrave, etc.). I am fascinated by the different "takes" on the basic story that the different versions give. Sort of like Kurosawa's Rashomon. In some versions Matty is the seducer, in some the Lady. In some versions it's love, in some it's lust. In some versions the cuckolded husband cannot wait to get his hands on Matty, in some he is oddly reluctant.