HOW they toiled and sweated to get the hay in! But their efforts were rewarded, for the harvest was an even 比较句bigger success than they had hoped.
Sometimes the work was hard; the implements had been designed for human beings and not for animals, and it was a great drawback 同位语从句that no animal was able to use any tool that involved standing on his hind legs. But the pigs were so clever 结果状语从句that they could think of a way round every difficulty. As for the horses, they knew every inch of the field, and in fact understood the business of mowing and raking 比较句far better than Jones and his men had ever done. The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural 主语从句that they should assume the leadership. Boxer and Clover would harness themselves to the cutter or the horse-rake (no bits or reins were needed in these days, of course) and tramp steadily round and round the field with a pig walking behind and calling out “Gee up, comrade!” or “Whoa back, comrade!” as the case might be. And every animal down to the humblest worked at turning the hay and gathering it. Even the ducks and hens toiled to and fro all day in the sun, 分词状语carrying tiny wisps of hay in their beaks. In the end they finished the harvest in two days’ 比较句less time than it had usually taken Jones and his men. Moreover, it was the biggest harvest 定语从句that the farm had ever seen. There was no wastage whatever; the hens and ducks with their sharp eyes had gathered up the very last stalk. And not an animal on the farm had stolen so much as a mouthful.
All through that summer the work of the farm went like clockwork. The animals were happy 比较句as they had never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, 原因状语从句now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master. With the worthless parasitical human beings gone, there was more for everyone to eat. There was more leisure too, 让步状语从句inexperienced though the animals were. They met with many difficulties–for instance, later in the year, 时间状语从句when they harvested the corn, they had to tread it out in the ancient style and blow away the chaff with their breath, 原因状语从句since the farm possessed no threshing machine–but the pigs with their cleverness and Boxer with his tremendous muscles always pulled them through. Boxer was the admiration of everybody. He had been a hard worker even in Jones’s time, but now he seemed more like three horses than one; there were days 定语从句when the entire work of the farm seemed to rest on his mighty shoulders. From morning to night he was pushing and pulling, always at the spot 定语从句where the work was hardest. 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 宾语从句whatever seemed to be most needed, 时间状语从句before the regular day’s work began. His answer to every problem, every setback, was “I will work harder!”–定语从句which he had adopted as his personal motto.