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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of Charles Mackay's-'the Miller of the Dee' Review

Summary of Charles Mackay's-'the Miller of the Dee'

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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               Henry-VIII, King of England (1509-1547), envied the care free life of a country miller, and wished he could change places with him. There once lived a miller who is bold, robust, vigorous and free from disease or infirmity, who dwelt beside the River Dee-A river between Wales and England. He worked hard and sang from morning till night. No lark could sing better nor be happier than the miller himself. The refrain and the repeated lines at the end of the verse of his song, would forever be this favorite line, 'I envy nobody, no not I and nobody envies me'
              King Henry-VIII happened to pass by and heard the song of the miller. He quickly interrupted and confronted the miller that he was wrong and as wrong as wrong could be. If only the king's heart would be as light as the miller's, then the former would gladly change places in life.He asked the miller about the secret of his happiness; as to what makes the miller sing with a voice so loud and free while Henry-VIII is sad though he is king beside the River Dee.
            The miller smiled and took off his cap and told the king the secret of his happiness. The miller said that he earned his bread; he loves his wife and his three children. He never borrowed money that he is certain that he cannot repay but is only grateful to the River Dee. This river had always been the greatest blessing in his life because it daily turns the mills and grinds the corn to feed him and his family.

            King Henry-VIII was overjoyed to have found the answer and to learn the secret of true happiness. He gave a sigh of relief and bid the miller farewell. The king wished him to be eternally happy yet never to say that no one envies him. The 'mealy cap' of the miller which is covered with flour is worth the king's crown and the mill is the source of income for the kingdom. Hence, England would always be proud to have such great yet humble men like the miller.

Published: June 16, 2010   
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