Translated for Project Gutenberg by Mireille Harmelin & Keith Adams© 2009
MASTER-MILLER CORNILLE'S SECRET
Francet Mamaļ, an aging fife player, who occasionally passes the evening hours drinking sweet wine with me, recently told me about a little drama which unfolded in the village near my windmill some twenty years ago. The fellow's tale was quite touching and I'll try to tell it to you as I heard it.
For a moment, think of yourself sitting next to a flagon of sweet-smelling wine, listening to the old fife player giving forth.
"Our land, my dear monsieur, hasn't always been the dead and alive place it is today. In the old days, it was a great milling centre, serving the farmers from many kilometres around, who brought their wheat here to be ground into flour. The village was surrounded by hills covered in windmills. On every side, above the pine trees, sails, turning in the mistral, filled the landscape, and an assortment of small, sack-laden donkeys trudged up and down the paths. Day after day it was really good to hear the crack of the whips, t