Chapter 10 Notes from Animal Farm

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Animal Farm Chapter 10

Many years pass and the only animals left on the farm from the days before the Rebellion are Clover, Benjamin, Moses and a number of the pigs - the rest have passed away.

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The farm is more prosperous now, with more animals who have been born or bought, and the windmill is finished. It isn't used for electricity, but for milling corn which is then sold at a profit. The animals are building another windmill, which will run a dynamo, but even then there will be no light and hot and cold water in the stalls, or a three-day work week, or any of the improvements Snowball had talked about.

"Napoleon had denounced such ideas as contrary to the spirit of Animalism. The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally." Chapter 10, pg. 107

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Although the farm is much richer, the animals' lives are as hard as ever. Still, Squealer keeps telling them things are constantly getting better, and they have no way to dispute this.

"Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse - hunger, hardship and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life." Chapter 10, pg. 109

Nevertheless all the animals, even the ones that have been bought from other farms, feel pride in knowing that their farm is special, run by themselves, and that they are all equal.

One day Squealer takes the sheep into a secluded piece of ground and keeps them there for a week, saying he is teaching them a new song.

Soon after they come back, the pigs suddenly come out of the farmhouse walking on their hind legs, Squealer in the front and then all of them in a long file. Finally Napoleon emerges, also walking on his hind legs and carrying a whip in his trotter. Before the animals can protest, the sheep all start bleating at once "Four legs good, two legs better!" over and over without stopping.

Clover leads Benjamin to the barn and asks him to read her the Seven Commandments. There is only one left:

"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS" Chapter 10, pg. 112

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All the pigs start carrying whips, and wearing clothes. A group of neighboring farmers are invited to tour the farm, and afterwards they are heard laughing and singing with the pigs inside the farmhouse.

The animals are curious and Clover leads them up to the house where they peer in the window. Inside, Pilkington is saying that he and all present are glad that humans have finally been reconciled with Animal Farm, and they have realized that the pigs are not revolutionary or abnormal, but in fact run their farm admirably. He compliments them for making their animals work harder on less food than any other animals in the county and he toasts Animal Farm.

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Napoleon thanks Pilkington, and announces that certain changes will be taking place on the farm - the habits of calling each other 'Comrade' and marching past Old Major's skull on Sundays are to be suppressed, and the hoof and horn are being removed from the green flag. The farm's name is also being changed back to 'The Manor Farm'.

They toast, and it seems to Clover, although with old age her sight has grown weak, that something is melting and changing in the faces of the pigs. The animals are turning away when they hear a quarrel going on inside and run back - Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington have both cheated in the card game.

"No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." Chapter 10, pg. 118

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