- Blue Blood: The heroine, which underscores her fall
- Due to the Dead: She buries the husband and baby by herselfThey left me nought to dig his grave but the bloody sword that slew my babe
All alone the grave I made, and all alone the tears I shed
And all alone the bell I rang, and all alone the psalm I sang
- Evil Matriarch
- Wicked Stepmother: Some variants try the alteration. Given that the meter doesn't take it, it's a bit obvious.
- Exact Eavesdropping
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: As a chamberlain
- Important to note that "chamberlain" has two distinct meanings, one of them being basically the male equivalent of chambermaid and one of them being "high government official." The two meanings are not entirely unrelated, but it's specifically the first that's intended here.
- Follow the White Rabbit: Chasing a deer brings him to the grave.
- Important Haircut: Part of the Sweet Polly Oliver
- The Marvelous Deer: The guide in one version — he starts to fear it will harm him before he finds the grave.
- Meaningful RenameWherefore in hast I chang'd my name
From Fair Elise to Sweet William.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Rags to Royalty: The heroine.
- Sweet Polly Oliver