A village. The miller stands
before his house, whistling to a blackbird who sits in a cage. The
millerís wife comes out the house and teases her husband. He chases
her and they embrace.
The couple go to the well to draw water. While
the miller is busy at the well, a dandy passes by and blows kisses
to his wife/ who responds flirtatiously. The miller looks up and
sees this exchange and chases the dandy off. He isnít angry with
his wife. He is delighted that other men find her a beautiful as
he does. They are very much in love.
Now a governor of the province, the corregidor.
Enters with an escort. A doddering old fool, he looks absurd in
his finery among the simple folk of the village. He wears a three-cornered
hat, symbol of his class and position.
Almost immediately, the corregidor eyes the
millerís wife and decides that she must be his. The millerís wife
is polite to him, but no more. He passes on. Nothing that his wife
ia getting all the attention, the miller decides that heíd better
give another girl some favor. He playfully flirts with one of the
lovely girls of the village. Now that both husband and wife have
cause to be jealous, they are amused at each other and embrace.
The miller goes into the house. His wife, remaining
outside, dances a brilliant fandango. The corregidor as come back
and secretly watches her. Soon he approaches her and tries to make
advances. The women eludes him and flees. The old man, however,
purses her. The miller has watched this scene from inside the house
and runs out to help his wife. The corregidor can run no more and
falls to the ground exhausted. The miller and his wife pick him
up, dust him off, and try to act as if it were an accident, but
the corregidor, furious with them, suggests that this is only the
beginning of what they may expect of him. The couple dance together.
Evening falls. The village come to the millerís
house to join in a festival with the happy couple. The miller gives
them vine and then dances alone a farruca, which everyone applauds.
The escorts of the corregidor enter. The men arrest the miller and
take him off.
Abandoned by her friends, the millerís wife
The corregidor is back again, seeking her favor
now with real determination. The millerís wife throws him to the
ground as he clumsily holds her. He rises with difficulty and pursues
her to the village bridge, which crosses a running stream. On the
bridge, the corregidor again attempts to embrace the girl. In the
process of pushing him away, the millerís wife pushes him off the
bridge into the stream. She laughs at him but helps the corregidor
out of the water. But the old fool takes up the chase again. The
millerís wife takes a gun from the house and, threatening the corregidor
with buckshot, flees over the bridge away from the village. The
corregidor stands in front of the millerís house alone, his clothes
still dripping from the dunking he got in the stream. He takes off
his outer garments and his three-cornered hat, lays them out to
dry, and goes into the house to sleep. Dawn comes. The miller has
escaped the corregidorís henchmen and returns home. In front of
his house, he sees the old foolís clothes and hat! Than he observes
the corregidor himself, walking around in one of his own nightshirts!
The miller decides there is only one thing to do. He will pursue
the corregidorís wife, who is also young and beautiful! One the
walls of his house he draw a caricature of the corregidor and leaves.
Now the poor corregidor is attacked by his
own soldiers, who donít recognize him in the millerís nightshirt.
He curses them, and the village folk come to see what the trouble
is. The miller and his wife who have found each other outside the
town come in. Their friends are told what the corregidor has tried
to do, and in anger all people rise up against the governor and
his cohorts. The intruders are routed, and all dance triumphantly,
led by the miller and his wife. A dummy representing the defeater
corregidor is thrown higher and higher into the air by the crowd.
The main scene of the ballet
set in ďTortonisĒ, a famous cafe in Paris during the Second Empire.
In the evening there are meeting all members of society Ė high class
aristocrats, high society-ladies and common Flower girl, also guests
of the capital and professional cancan-dancers. In the atmosphere
of light flirt, fun and rivalry for the fairy Glove Seller attention
includes visiting Peruvian, carrying two carpetbags, full of jewelling,
with the intention of conquering Paris. But for him started a quarrel
which involves all the customers. After the order was set up again,
professional dances happy all customers with high light cancan.
In the end of the evening over the famous ďBarkaroleĒ music, all
customers pares and groups leaving cafe, and the light sadness follow
them, leaving alone the Peruvian in searching of fresh adventures.