The Miller’ Spirit
The owner of the windmill got into the time and didn’t let the miller’ spirit go. He has changed the cloth of the sails, strengthened both the round walls and the mill’s arm.
He has surrounded wilderness of the mill and extended it with houses who have doors and windows to protect it. A fire keeps it lightened and that’s why the miller comes to visit us, when we gather, at night.
He walks along the herbs and starts talking to us, as he formerly used to – About the Spring wind, the grain and the flour quality. About the love he had for the woman who used to come to see him, although it wasn’t stronger than the love he felt for the air and the grinding. The miller is still guarding the hill, watching the wind, protecting us with his former voice.
The owner of the windmill is glad – he has meddled with the running time, halted the time and built a magic bridge between memories and life.
Lídia Jorge is one of the most famous authors of Portuguese contemporary literature. She was born in 1946 in Boliqueime, Algarve, southern of Portugal. She studied French Literature an then taught in Angola and Mozambique during the colonial wars in those countries. She has written eleven novels, six short stories, two children’s stories, one essay and one play. They are translated in more than twenty languages. She was awarded several prizes, including the City of Lisbon Prize along with José Saramago, and the Jean Monet Prize for Literature.