Fighting windmills

weird short stories and other things

“A windmill is a machine that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails. Originally, windmills were developed for milling grain for food production. In the course of history, the windmill machinery was adapted to many other industrial uses. An important non-milling use is to pump water, either for land drainage or to extract groundwater”.  (Wikipedia)

Struck by the wing of a windmill” is a Dutch expression for somebody who is (slightly) mad.

Fighting windmills” is also of Dutch origin

Both expressions must have been known by the writer of the Don Quixote (Don Quichote) adventures (James Baldwin) and his fight with those “giants”. Pictured (below at the end of the story) is a South African windmill (for pumping water from a borehole) and their blades are sharp …

VERY early the next morning, the knight and his squire…

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