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Thread #17932   Message #175053
Posted By: GUEST,Roberto
08-Feb-00 - 12:23 PM
Thread Name: ??Who WAS the 'Brown Girl'
Subject: RE: ??Who WAS the 'Brown Girl'
Sorcha puts status or money in the list of the causes that could explain why the Brown Girl was less desireable than Fair Ellender/Ellander/Elinor/Ellen/Annie etc, and Malcolm Douglas says that Fair Ellender had more money: it is not so. Remember, Lord Thomas' mother wanted him to marry the Brown Girl, saying that Fair Ellender's beauty will soon be vanished away, while the richness of the Brown Girl will last longer. A verse from Ewan MacColl's beautiful Scottish version: "The Brown Girl, she's got houses and lands, Fair Annie she's got nane, And for my blessings,my son Thomas, I pray you ler her alane, I pray you ler her alane!"