1 But it was some minutes before they could fully take it in.
2 Comrades," said Snowball, "it is half-past six and we have a long day before us.
3 Almost before Major had reached the end, they had begun singing it for themselves.
4 Napoleon was by this time on slightly better terms with the other farmers than before.
5 Their relations with the human race were now not quite the same as they had been before.
6 They continued to behave very much as before, and when treated with generosity, simply took advantage of it.
7 It was as though they had never seen these things before, and even now they could hardly believe that it was all their own.
8 After the hoisting of the flag, the animals were required to file past the skull in a reverent manner before entering the barn.
9 And so, almost before they knew what was happening, the Rebellion had been successfully carried through: Jones was expelled, and the Manor Farm was theirs.
10 I do not think, comrades, that I shall be with you for many months longer, and before I die, I feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as I have acquired.
11 Then they sang 'Beasts of England' from end to end seven times running, and after that they settled down for the night and slept as they had never slept before.
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 Still, it had been decided to build the walls three feet thick this time instead of eighteen inches as before, which meant collecting much larger quantities of stone.
14 But just at this moment Napoleon stood up and, casting a peculiar sidelong look at Snowball, uttered a high-pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard him utter before.
15 They had never seen animals behave like this before, and this sudden uprising of creatures whom they were used to thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened them almost out of their wits.
16 And so the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones.
17 He had made an arrangement with one of the cockerels to call him in the mornings half an hour earlier than anyone else, and would put in some volunteer labour at whatever seemed to be most needed, before the regular day's work began.
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