"Animal Farm," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-2

December 20, 2012
A fable about the establishment of government and how easily power corrupts, George Orwell's "Animal Farm" features warring factions of farm animals and a struggle for power.

As you read the 1945 allegorical novella, learn these word lists: Ch's 1-2, Ch's 3-4, Ch's 5-6, Ch's 7-8, and Ch's 9-10.
He was twelve years old and had lately grown rather stout, but he was still a majestic-looking pig, with a wise and benevolent appearance in spite of the fact that his tushes had never been cut.
The hens perched themselves on the window-sills, the pigeons fluttered up to the rafters, the sheep and cows lay down behind the pigs and began to chew the cud.
A white stripe down his nose gave him a somewhat stupid appearance, and in fact he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work.
The two horses had just lain down when a brood of ducklings, which had lost their mother, filed into the barn, cheeping feebly and wandering from side to side to find some place where they would not be trodden on.
Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.
That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion!
Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others.
Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.
It was a dream of the earth as it will be when Man has vanished.
I am old and my voice is hoarse, but when I have taught you the tune, you can sing it better for yourselves.
Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.
With one accord, though nothing of the kind had been planned beforehand, they flung themselves upon their tormentors.
The reins, the halters, the blinkers, the degrading nosebags, were thrown on to the rubbish fire which was burning in the yard.
In the ecstasy of that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves into the air in great leaps of excitement.
They tiptoed from room to room, afraid to speak above a whisper and gazing with a kind of awe at the unbelievable luxury, at the beds with their feather mattresses, the looking-glasses, the horsehair sofa, the Brussels carpet, the lithograph of Queen Victoria over the drawing-room mantelpiece.
These Seven Commandments would now be inscribed on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice.
The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice.
Some of the animals talked of the duty of loyalty to Mr. Jones, whom they referred to as “Master,” or made elementary remarks such as “Mr. Jones feeds us. If he were gone, we should starve to death."
Comrades, you have heard already about the strange dream that I had last night."

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