Mudcat Café message #3619521 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #154305   Message #3619521
Posted By: Lighter
16-Apr-14 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: Tam Lin (Child #39-I)
Subject: RE: Tam Lin (Child #39I)
"*Any* listener," Jack?

Not all listeners are as analytical as we are. And it's harder to pick up subtleties in a sung ballad than in the same ballad seen on a page, where you can look again and again.

Most theater-goers were presumably surprised when the witch's prophecies came true in the way they did. That's entertainment!