Not the wheat itself; not even so much as the chaff;
only the dust from the corn. The dust which no one neede
or notices ; the mock farina which flies out from under the
two revolving circles of the grindstones; the impalpable
cloud which goes forth to gleam golden in the sun a moment,
and then is scattered ; on the wind ; into the water; up
in the sunlight; down in the mud : what matters ? who
Only the dust: a mote in the air j a speck in the light;
a black spot in the living daytime ; a colourless atom in
the immensity of the atmosphere, borne up one instant to
gleam against the sky, dropped down the next to lie in a
Only the dust : the dust that flows out from between the
grindstones, grinding exceeding hard and small, as the
religion which calls itself Love avers that its God does grind
" It is a nothing, less than nothing. The stones turn ; the
dust is born ; it has a pufi" of life; it dies. Who cares ?
No one. Not the good God ; not any man ; not even the
devil. It is a thing even devil-deserted. Ah, it is very like
you," said the old miller, watching the mill-stones.
FoUe-Farine heard—she had heard a hundred times,—
and held her peace.