1 He had declared himself against the windmill from the start.
2 The whole farm was deeply divided on the subject of the windmill.
3 Within a few weeks Snowball's plans for the windmill were fully worked out.
4 Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on--that is, badly.
5 Apart from the disputes over the windmill, there was the question of the defence of the farm.
6 The building of the windmill, with various other improvements, was expected to take two years.
7 But of all their controversies, none was so bitter as the one that took place over the windmill.
8 He refused to believe either that food would become more plentiful or that the windmill would save work.
9 At the Meeting on the following Sunday the question of whether or not to begin work on the windmill was to be put to the vote.
10 That evening Squealer explained privately to the other animals that Napoleon had never in reality been opposed to the windmill.
11 The shed where Snowball had drawn his plans of the windmill had been shut up and it was assumed that the plans had been rubbed off the floor.
12 At this Snowball sprang to his feet, and shouting down the sheep, who had begun bleating again, broke into a passionate appeal in favour of the windmill.
13 On the third Sunday after Snowball's expulsion, the animals were somewhat surprised to hear Napoleon announce that the windmill was to be built after all.
14 After surveying the ground, Snowball declared that this was just the place for a windmill, which could be made to operate a dynamo and supply the farm with electrical power.
15 Napoleon, on the other hand, argued that the great need of the moment was to increase food production, and that if they wasted time on the windmill they would all starve to death.
16 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.
17 He said very quietly that the windmill was nonsense and that he advised nobody to vote for it, and promptly sat down again; he had spoken for barely thirty seconds, and seemed almost indifferent as to the effect he produced.
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