Bertrand Bronson nel suo Tunes of the Child Ballads commenta: is pertinent to observe, as it seems not to have been observed, that tradition has gradually but surely transformed the character of the heroine. In the earliest of our texts (on broadsides), unexplained obduracy was her characterizing trait, as reflected in the song title Allen Cruelty It has been a main effect of transmission to rationalize and minimize this quality. The popular sensibility has been unable to stomach her stony…