ANIMAL FARM Chapter IV 英语

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Boxer’s split hoof was a long time in healing. They had started the rebuilding of the windmill the day 时间从句after the victory celebrations were ended. Boxer refused to take even a day off work, and made it a point of honour not to let it be seen 宾语从句that he was in pain. In the evenings he would admit privately to Clover 宾语从句that the hoof troubled him a great deal. Clover treated the hoof with poultices of herbs 定语从句which she prepared by chewing them, and both she and Benjamin urged Boxer to work less hard. “A horse’s lungs do not last for ever,” she said to him. But Boxer would not listen. He had, he said, only one real ambition left to see the windmill well under way 时间从句before he reached the age for retirement.

At the beginning, 时间从句when the laws of Animal Farm were first formulated, the retiring age had been fixed for horses and pigs at twelve, for cows at fourteen, for dogs at nine, for sheep at seven, and for hens and geese at five. Liberal old-age pensions had been agreed upon. 原因从句As yet no animal had actually retired on pension, but of late the subject had been discussed more and more. 原因从句Now that the small field beyond the orchard had been set aside for barley, it was rumoured 主语从句that a corner of the large pasture was to be fenced off and turned into a grazing-ground for superannuated animals. For a horse, it was said, 主语从句the pension would be five pounds of corn a day and, in winter, fifteen pounds of hay, with a carrot or possibly an apple on public holidays. Boxer’s twelfth birthday was due in the late summer of the following year.

Meanwhile life was hard. The winter was as cold 比较从句as the last one had been, and food was even shorter. Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs. A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism. In any case he had no difficulty in proving to the other animals 宾语从句that they were NOT in reality short of food, whatever the appearances might be. For the time being, certainly, it had been found necessary 不定式主语to make a readjustment of rations (Squealer always spoke of it as a “readjustment,” never as a “reduction”), but in comparison with the days of Jones, the improvement was enormous. Reading out the figures in a shrill, rapid voice, he proved to them in detail 宾语从句that they had more oats, more hay, more turnips than they had had in Jones’s day, that they worked shorter hours, that their drinking water was of better quality, that they lived longer, that a larger proportion of their young ones survived infancy, and that they had more straw in their stalls and suffered less from fleas. The animals believed every word of it. Truth to tell, Jones and all 定语从句he stood for had almost faded out of their memories. They knew 宾语从句that life nowadays was harsh and bare, that they were often hungry and often cold, and that they were usually working 时间状语when they were not asleep. But doubtless it had been worse in the old days. They were glad to believe so. Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, 比较从句as Squealer did not fail to point out.

鲍克瑟蹄掌上的裂口过了很长时间才痊愈。庆祝活动结束后第二天,动物们就开始第三次建造风车了。对此,鲍克瑟哪里肯闲着,他一天不干活都不行,于是就忍住伤痛不让他们有所察觉。到了晚上他悄悄告诉克拉弗,他的掌子疼得厉害。克拉弗就用嘴巴嚼着草药给他敷上。她和本杰明一起恳求鲍克瑟干活轻一点。她对他说:“马肺又不能永保不衰。”但鲍克瑟不听,他说,他剩下的唯一一个心愿就是在他到退休年龄之前,能看到风车建设顺利进行。
想当初,当动物庄园初次制定律法时,退休年龄分别规定为:马和猪十二岁,牛十四岁,狗九岁,羊七岁,鸡和鹅五岁,还允诺要发给充足的养老津贴。虽然至今还没有一个动物真正领过养老津贴,但近来这个话题讨论得越来越多了。眼下,因为苹果园那边的那块小牧场已被留作大麦田,就又有小道消息说大牧场的一角要围起来给退休动物留作牧场用。据说,每匹马的养老津贴是每天五磅谷子,到冬天是每天十五磅干草,公共节假日里还发给一根胡萝卜,或者尽量给一个苹果。鲍克瑟的十二岁生日就在来年的夏末。
这个时期的生活十分艰苦。冬天象去年一样冷,食物也更少了。除了那些猪和狗以外,所有动物的饲料粮再次减少。斯奎拉解释说,在定量上过于教条的平等是违背动物主义原则的。不论在什么情况下,他都毫不费力地向其他动物证明,无论表面现象是什么,他们事实上并不缺粮。当然,暂时有必要调整一下供应量(斯奎拉总说这是“调整”,从不认为是“减少”)。但与琼斯时代相比,进步是巨大的。为了向大家详细说明这一点,斯奎拉用他那尖细的嗓音一口气念了一大串数字。这些数字反映出,和琼斯时代相比,他们现在有了更多的燕麦、干草、萝卜,工作的时间更短,饮用的水质更好,寿命延长了,年轻一代的存活率提高了,窝棚里有了更多的草垫,而且跳蚤少多了。动物们对他所说的每句话无不信以为真。说实话,在他们的记忆中,琼斯及他所代表的一切几乎已经完全淡忘了。他们知道,近来的生活窘困而艰难,常常是饥寒交迫,醒着的时候就是干活,但毫无疑问,过去更糟糕。他们情愿相信这些。再说,那时他们是奴隶,现在却享有自由。诚如斯奎拉那句总是挂在嘴上的话所说,这一点使一切都有了天壤之别。

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