Under the spreading Chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me.
- George Orwell
1. Homeric trees.
2. Vladimir Propp’s supposition about sequence: an illusion induced by static inspection of narrative.
3. The dynamic of agglomeration seen in living practitioners of South Slavic tradition.
4. The doctrine of ‘cultural universals’ and functionalism.
5. The conservatism of oral narrative tradition best explains it.