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
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
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 is alone.
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 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.