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Animal Farm Chapter 6 Quotes

Once again the animals were conscious of a vague uneasiness. Never to have any dealings with human beings, never to engage in trade, never to make use of money – had not these been among the earliest resolutions passed at the first triumphant meeting when Jones was expelled? All the animals remembered or at least they thought that they remembered it.

Animal Farm. Chapter 6. The reason for the animals’ unease is they are now trading produce with untrustworthy humans and using a solicitor as an agent.

Afterwards, Squealer made a round of the farm and set the animals’ minds at rest. He assured them that the resolution against engaging in trade and using money had never been passed, or even suggested. It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lies circulated by Snowball. A few animals still felt faintly doubtful, but Squealer asked them shrewdly, ‘Are you certain that this is not something that you have dreamed, comrades? Have you any record of such a resolution? Is it written down anywhere?’ And since it was certainly true that nothing of the kind existed in writing, the animals were satisfied that they had been mistaken.

Animal Farm. Chapter 6. Napoleon’s minister for propaganda, the silver-tongued Squealer, convinces the animals that a rule against trade with humans never existed.

Every human being held it as an article of faith that the farm would go bankrupt sooner or later, and, above all, that the windmill would be a failure. They would meet in the public-houses and prove to one another by means of diagrams that the windmill was bound to fall down, or that if it did stand up, then that it would never work. And yet, against their will, they had developed a certain respect for the efficiency with which the animals were managing their own affairs.

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Animal Farm. Chapter 6. At this stage, Jones has abandoned his efforts to retake his farm and moves to another part of the country.

1 – the pigs start bending the rules: the pigs start sleeping in beds, and change the commandment to
“no animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets”
2 – Napoleon introduces work on Sunday afternoons
He says it’s “strictly voluntary”, but if anyone refuses their rations are halved.
3 – Napoleon uses Snowball as a scapegoat for the windmill’s collapse
“this traitor has crept here under the cover of night”
4 – Boxer’s two slogans
“I will work harder” and “Napoleon is always right”
5 – Napoleon’s use of dogs to threaten any protest about how Animal Farm was going to start engaging in trade
“Four young pigs… raised their voices timidly… they were promptly silenced by a tremendous growling”

It was about this time that the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhouse and took up their residence there. Again the animals seemed to remember that a resolution against this had been passed in the early days, and again Squealer was able to convince them that this was not the case.

Animal Farm. Chapter 6. Squealer uses his powers of manipulation to get the animals to believe yet another lie that there was never a rule against living in the farmhouse.

A bed merely means a place to sleep in. A pile of straw in a stall is a bed, properly regarded. The rule was against sheets, which are a human invention…You would not rob us of our repose, would you, comrades? You would not have us too tired to carry out our duties? Surely none of you wishes to see Jones back?

Animal Farm. Chapter 6. Napoleon’s mouthpiece Squealer, on the pigs’ taking up beds in the farmhouse.

Comrades…do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!

Animal Farm. Chapter 6.