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Thread #17932 Message #174871
Posted By: GUEST
08-Feb-00 - 12:14 AM
Thread Name: ??Who WAS the 'Brown Girl'
Subject: RE: ??Who WAS the 'Brown Girl'
In 17th century England, where the ballad came from, "fair" meant noble or genteel, others were black (a black then was a blackamoor) or brown (they had to work, and their suntans spelled out their low birth. Cf. modern red-neck).