The animals start the great task of running the farm. The pigs supervise. Things seem to be going well. This, of course, is foreshadowing for disaster.
Boxer, it turns out, is a huge asset. He’s big, and not particularly smart, but he works harder than everyone else. In fact, to emphasize this point, he walks around all day repeating, "I will work harder" over and over. Like we said...not too smart.
Mollie (the mare, remember?) is extraordinarily lazy. She also has this odd predilection for ribbons.
Benjamin, we see, is this really cool, cryptic, apathetic guy. And by guy we mean donkey. He has this one interesting line...better check out your book. OK, fine, we’ll give you this one. But don’t get used to it. When asked his opinion on the Rebellion, Benjamin says, "Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey."
The pigs try to educate the farm animals, only to find that their pupils resemble ignorant creatures of hard labor.
To make things easier, the Seven Commandments get condensed to a single maxim: "Four legs good, two legs bad."
Napoleon (the pig, remember?) sequesters nine newborn puppies. Keep an eye out for those suckers.
The pigs seem to be taking the milk and apples every day, but explain that this is only because it is their responsibility to maintain their health. They don’t even like milk and apples, they explain. At this point, Orwell is rolling on the floor laughing and wiping tears of hilarity off of his typewriter.