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Note to A Midsummer's Night Dream, 2.1.36: "Skim milk, and sometimes labor in the quern"
Skim milk, and sometimes labor in the quern: A "quern" is a handmill for grinding grain. Puck skims the milk so that it takes forever to churn it into butter, and he clogs up the quern, so that its almost impossible to grind the grain into flour. He is the spirit of the random frustrations of daily life that can only be dealt with my laughing at them.
Working the quern shows how the milled grain (meal) is propelled to the edge of the stones by furrows cut into the stones fordendwatermill.co.uk