Q. 1. Who are the speakers in this poem?
Ans: Old King Hal and a miller are the speakers in this poem.
Q. 2. Who is a miller?
Ans: A miller is a person who runs the mill beside the river Dee.
Q. 3. What was he singing about?
Ans: He was singing about his happy life.
Q. 4. Why did the king say that he was wrong?
Ans: The king said that he was wrong because the king was jealous to him.
Q. 5. Who is the happier of the two, the miller or the king and why?
Ans: The miller was happier than the king because he was a loving person and he had no debt to pay.
He was leading a very contented life.
Q. 6. What did the king say to the miller in the last stanza of the poem?
Ans: The king told the miller that though he was true but he should not say that no one envied to him. His mealy cap was worth of king’s crown and his Mill was the cost of his Kingdom and England was proud of such sincere and loving person.
2. Summary THE MILLER OF THE DEE:
There lived a miller beside the river Dee. He lived a very contented life. He used to sing a song dawn to dusk. The burden of song was, “I envy nobody, no, not I, and nobody envies me”. One day old king Hal passed by his mill and heard him singing in such happy mood. The king told him that he was quite wrong and the king enquired of miller what made him sing with in such care free voice while the king was sad though he was king. The miller greeted the king and replied that he loved his wife, three children and the friend. He had no debit to pay that is why he was happy. In the last, the king said farewell to the miller and told him not to say that nobody envied to him.
His mealy cap was as valued as the crown of the king and his Mill was the cost of his Kingdom. England was proud of such sincere and loyal person.