It was a bitter winter. The stormy weather was followed by sleet and snow, and then by a hard frost 定语从句which did not break till well into February. The animals carried on 比较从句as best they could with the rebuilding of the windmill, 分词状语well knowing 宾语从句that the outside world was watching them and that the envious human beings would rejoice and triumph if the mill were not finished on time.

Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe 宾语从句that it was Snowball 强调句who had destroyed the windmill: they said 宾语从句that it had fallen down 原因从句because the walls were too thin. The animals knew 宾语从句that this was not the case. Still, it had been decided to build the walls three feet thick this time instead of eighteen inches as before, 定语从句which meant collecting much larger quantities of stone. For a long time the quarry was full of snowdrifts and nothing could be done. Some progress was made in the dry frosty weather 定语从句that followed, but it was cruel work, and the animals could not feel so hopeful about it 比较从句as they had felt before. They were always cold, and usually hungry as well. Only Boxer and Clover never lost heart. Squealer made excellent speeches on the joy of service and the dignity of labour, but the other animals found more inspiration in Boxer’s strength and his never-failing cry of “I will work harder!”

In January food fell short. The corn ration was drastically reduced, and it was announced 主语从句that an extra potato ration would be issued to make up for it. Then it was discovered that the greater part of the potato crop had been frosted in the clamps, 定语从句which had not been covered thickly enough. The potatoes had become soft and discoloured, and only a few were edible. For days at a time the animals had nothing to eat but chaff and mangels. Starvation seemed to stare them in the face.

It was vitally necessary to conceal this fact from the outside world. 分词状语Emboldened by the collapse of the windmill, the human beings were inventing fresh lies about Animal Farm. Once again it was being put about 主语从句that all the animals were dying of famine and disease, and that they were continually fighting among themselves and had resorted to cannibalism and infanticide. Napoleon was well aware of the bad results 定语从句that might follow 条件状语if the real facts of the food situation were known, and he decided to make use of Mr. Whymper to spread a contrary impression. Hitherto the animals had had little or no contact with Whymper on his weekly visits: now, however, a few selected animals, mostly sheep, were instructed to remark casually in his hearing 宾语从句that rations had been increased. In addition, Napoleon ordered the almost empty bins in the store-shed to be filled nearly to the brim with sand, 定语从句which was then covered up with what remained of the grain and meal. On some suitable pretext Whymper was led through the store-shed and allowed to catch a glimpse of the bins. He was deceived, and continued to report to the outside world 宾语从句that there was no food shortage on Animal Farm.

Nevertheless, towards the end of January it became obvious 主语从句that it would be necessary to procure some more grain from somewhere. In these days Napoleon rarely appeared in public, but spent all his time in the farmhouse, 定语从句which was guarded at each door by fierce-looking dogs. 时间状语从句When he did emerge, it was in a ceremonial manner, with an escort of six dogs 定语从句who closely surrounded him and growled 条件状语从句if anyone came too near. Frequently he did not even appear on Sunday mornings, but issued his orders through one of the other pigs, usually Squealer.



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