diversitie soever there be in herbs, all are shuffled up together under
the ame of a sallade. Even so, upo the consideration of names, I will
here huddle up a gallymafy of diverse articles.
THE sentence from Montaigne, which
faces the title-page of this little book, indicates its scope and purpose.
It is based upon studies in the philosophy
of folk-tales, in the course of which a large number of examples of curious
beliefs and customs bearing on the main incident in certain groups have
been collected. Some of these are now 'shuffled up together' round an
old Suffolk tale, whose vivacity and humour secure it the first place
among the 'Rumpelstiltskin' variants with
which it is classed.
Those who have had experience in the gathering
of materials illustrative of the several departments of barbaric culture
will appreciate the difficulty which has been felt in making selections
that suffice to interpret the central idea without obscuring it by a multiplicity
of examples. If the book, which is designed mainly for popular reading,
therefore makes no pretence to exhaustiveness, it may perhaps have the
virtue of being less tedious.
Clodd, Edward. Tom Tit Tot: An Essay on Savage Philosophy in Folk-Tale. London: Duckworth and Co. 1898.