Miller's Daughter (II), The
DESCRIPTION: The man says he'd give half year's fee to lie with the miller's daughter. "She said she'd gie him wark enough." She wears him out and he dies.
EARLIEST DATE: 1996 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
LONG DESCRIPTION: The man said he'd give half year's fee to lie with the miller's daughter. "She said she'd gie him wark enough." The first night they had sex nine times; the second night seven times; the third night five times; the fourth night three times; the fifth night not at all. He dies, apparently from exhaustion, and "his mother brought him the winding sheet"
KEYWORDS: sex death miller
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 140, "Lying Atwein Twa"; Lyle-Crawfurd2, pp. 194-195, "The Miller's Daughter" (2 texts)
cf. "The Miller's Daughter (The Fleeing Servant)" (theme: miller's daughter's, like millers, have a big sexual appetite)
cf. "Nine Times a Night" (theme: male sexual ability or lack thereof)
NOTES: A "half-year's fee" marks the man as a hired hand. See, for example, "Bad Luck Attend the Old Farmer," "The Hiring Fair at Hamiltonsbawn," and "Hie Bonnie Lassie." The Duke of Athole's Nurse "woud gie a' my half-year's fee For ae sight o my leman" [Child 212F].
The Lyle-Crawfurd2 "The Miller's Daughter" text is from an undated[?] chapbook. - BS
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