Cantankerous and bitter, Milde isn’t so much cruel as deeply suffering. The widow of the town’s former miller, Milde has numerous ulcers and cankers, extreme arthritis, and though there is no word for it yet, is in the late stages of metasticized liver cancer that has been decades in development. Those who remember her in her youth struggle to recall the carefree girl who was fortunate enough to marry the love of her life; now, the children warn of the crazy old witch who turns kids into rats that she feeds to her cat. Some have whispered that Milde is cursed of Besheba herself, a punishment for some unknown crime against the gods. Still, she is earnest in her prayers and rituals, and shockingly kind given her excruciating pain throughout the day.