1 It is about this that I wish to speak to you.
2 And now, comrades, I will tell you about my dream of last night.
3 Comrades, you have heard already about the strange dream that I had last night.
4 The pigs had an even harder struggle to counteract the lies put about by Moses, the tame raven.
5 It was about this time that the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhouse and took up their residence there.
6 Emboldened by the collapse of the windmill, the human beings were inventing fresh lies about Animal Farm.
7 They all cowered silently in their places, seeming to know in advance that some terrible thing was about to happen.
8 The animals reassured him on this point immediately, and no more was said about the pigs sleeping in the farmhouse beds.
9 Until now the animals had been about equally divided in their sympathies, but in a moment Snowball's eloquence had carried them away.
10 It seemed to them as though Snowball were some kind of invisible influence, pervading the air about them and menacing them with all kinds of dangers.
11 Nevertheless, they were both thoroughly frightened by the rebellion on Animal Farm, and very anxious to prevent their own animals from learning too much about it.
12 Some progress was made in the dry frosty weather that followed, but it was cruel work, and the animals could not feel so hopeful about it as they had felt before.
13 Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time.
14 And when, some days afterwards, it was announced that from now on the pigs would get up an hour later in the mornings than the other animals, no complaint was made about that either.
15 Once again it was being put about that all the animals were dying of famine and disease, and that they were continually fighting among themselves and had resorted to cannibalism and infanticide.
16 He talked learnedly about field drains, silage, and basic slag, and had worked out a complicated scheme for all the animals to drop their dung directly in the fields, at a different spot every day, to save the labour of cartage.
17 Except through Whymper, there was as yet no contact between Animal Farm and the outside world, but there were constant rumours that Napoleon was about to enter into a definite business agreement either with Mr. Pilkington of Foxwood or with Mr. Frederick of Pinchfield--but never, it was noticed, with both simultaneously.
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