a fixed portion that is allotted
ration was drastically reduced, and it was announced that an extra potato
ration would be issued to make up for it.
give encouragement to
Emboldened by the collapse of the windmill, the human beings were inventing fresh lies about Animal Farm.
hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
Led by three young Black Minorca pullets, the hens made a determined effort to
thwart Napoleon's wishes.
issue an authoritative order
He ordered the hens’ rations to be stopped, and
decreed that any animal giving so much as a grain of corn to a hen should be punished by death.
surrender under agreed conditions
For five days the hens held out, then they
capitulated and went back to their nesting boxes.
at the proper time
Whymper heard nothing of this affair, and the eggs were
duly delivered, a grocer's van driving up to the farm once a week to take them away.
spread or diffuse through
It seemed to them as though Snowball were some kind of invisible influence,
pervading the air about them and menacing them with all kinds of dangers.
not modified or restricted by reservations
"Our Leader, Comrade Napoleon," announced Squealer, speaking very slowly and firmly, "has stated
categorically, comrade — that Snowball was Jones's agent from the very beginning — yes, and from long before the Rebellion was ever thought of."
When they were all gathered together, Napoleon emerged from the farmhouse, wearing both his medals...with his nine huge dogs
frisking round him and uttering growls that sent shivers down all the animals' spines.
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
Napoleon appeared to change
countenance, and sharply ordered Boxer to let the dog go, whereat Boxer lifted his hoof, and the dog slunk away, bruised and howling.
place out of sight; keep secret
Then a goose came forward and confessed to having
secreted six ears of corn during the last year's harvest and eaten them in the night.
decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
The grass and the bursting hedges were
gilded by the level rays of the sun.
the group following and attending to some important person
When he did appear, he was attended not only by his
retinue of dogs but by a black cockerel who marched in front of him and acted as a kind of trumpeter, letting out a loud "cock-a-doodle-doo" before Napoleon spoke.
lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
Snowball was known to be still
skulking on Pinchfield Farm.
a crafty and involved plot to achieve your ends
In the late summer yet another of Snowball’s
machinations was laid bare.
mature male goose
gander who had been privy to the plot had confessed his guilt to Squealer and immediately committed suicide by swallowing deadly nightshade berries.
informed about something secret or not generally known
A gander who had been
privy to the plot had confessed his guilt to Squealer and immediately committed suicide by swallowing deadly nightshade berries.
So far from being decorated, he had been
censured for showing cowardice in the battle.
resembling or befitting an angel or saint
beatifically, and wearing both his decorations, Napoleon reposed on a bed of straw on the platform, with the money at his side, neatly piled on a china dish from the farmhouse kitchen.
a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
Sentinels were placed at all the approaches to the farm.
intended to placate
In addition, four pigeons were sent to Foxwood with a
conciliatory message, which it was hoped might re-establish good relations with Pilkington.
showing pensive sadness
Wistful glances were sent in the direction of Foxwood.
transmit, as knowledge or a skill
He called the animals together and told them that he had a terrible piece of news to
a cry of sorrow and grief
A cry of
lamentation went up. Straw was laid down outside the doors of the farmhouse, and the animals walked on tiptoe.
make or work out a plan for; devise
A rumour went round that Snowball had after all
contrived to introduce poison into Napoleon's food.