1 They could not knock it down in a week.
2 Clover learnt the whole alphabet, but could not put words together.
3 Even when I was young I could not have read what was written there.
4 And in rebuilding it they could not this time, as before, make use of the fallen stones.
5 They could not understand, they said, how even animals could bring themselves to sing such contemptible rubbish.
6 But the problem the animals could not at first solve was how to break up the stone into pieces of suitable size.
7 At heart, each of them was secretly wondering whether he could not somehow turn Jones's misfortune to his own advantage.
8 The human beings could not contain their rage when they heard this song, though they pretended to think it merely ridiculous.
9 He could not of course know--for he, Napoleon, was only now for the first time announcing it--that the name "Animal Farm" had been abolished.
10 He set his ears back, shook his forelock several times, and tried hard to marshal his thoughts; but in the end he could not think of anything to say.
11 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.
12 The animals could not face the terrible explosions and the stinging pellets, and in spite of the efforts of Napoleon and Boxer to rally them, they were soon driven back.
13 The one argued that if they could not defend themselves they were bound to be conquered, the other argued that if rebellions happened everywhere they would have no need to defend themselves.
14 The animals listened first to Napoleon, then to Snowball, and could not make up their minds which was right; indeed, they always found themselves in agreement with the one who was speaking at the moment.