These conditions are twice fulfilled in the history of a folk-tale.
And for this reason also "Mary, Mary" has an inner resemblance to a folk-tale.
In the development of the folk-tale, we can in a general way mark three grades.
It is not accidental but persistent savagery we meet with in the folk-tale.
It ignores it, and confines the problem to legend and folk-tale.
So much for the present as regards our folk-tale as a whole.
As to the version of the folk-tale there can be no question.
Here we are in a region of thought as alien as possible to that of the folk-tale.
These are features which would be in place either in myth or folk-tale.
There can be little doubt therefore that we have to deal with a folk-tale.