1 We will build six windmills if we feel like it.
2 Snowball did not deny that to build it would be a difficult business.
3 The building of the windmill, with various other improvements, was expected to take two years.
4 Then they filed back to the farm buildings and halted in silence outside the door of the farmhouse.
5 This very morning we begin rebuilding the windmill, and we will build all through the winter, rain or shine.
6 As soon as the light in the bedroom went out there was a stirring and a fluttering all through the farm buildings.
7 The hens, said Napoleon, should welcome this sacrifice as their own special contribution towards the building of the windmill.
8 By late summer a sufficient store of stone had accumulated, and then the building began, under the superintendence of the pigs.
9 The animals were hard at work building yet another windmill; when that one was finished, so it was said, the dynamos would be installed.
10 His men were idle and dishonest, the fields were full of weeds, the buildings wanted roofing, the hedges were neglected, and the animals were underfed.
11 After this they went back to the farm buildings, where Snowball and Napoleon sent for a ladder which they caused to be set against the end wall of the big barn.
12 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.
13 There was a good quarry of limestone on the farm, and plenty of sand and cement had been found in one of the outhouses, so that all the materials for building were at hand.
14 At the same time there were renewed rumours that Frederick and his men were plotting to attack Animal Farm and to destroy the windmill, the building of which had aroused furious jealousy in him.
15 When the animals had assembled in the big barn, Snowball stood up and, though occasionally interrupted by bleating from the sheep, set forth his reasons for advocating the building of the windmill.
16 In their spare moments the animals would walk round and round the half-finished mill, admiring the strength and perpendicularity of its walls and marvelling that they should ever have been able to build anything so imposing.
17 Their first act was to gallop in a body right round the boundaries of the farm, as though to make quite sure that no human being was hiding anywhere upon it; then they raced back to the farm buildings to wipe out the last traces of Jones's hated reign.
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