Omission of the central action in the English and Scottish popular ballads
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There are four main divisions of the examples of omission and suspense: minor omissions, suspense, omission of the central motive, and omission of the central action. The term "minor omissions" includes not only the leaving-out of connecting passages of various sorts - natural enough in narration of a leaping type - but also the omission of details which are subordinated for artistic purpose.
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