Since the collapse of the windmill, the animals are starving. But they try to convince the outside world otherwise. Again, public relations and image control.
The hens are told their eggs will be taken. They rebel, but are starved as a consequence (via control of the teeth-baring dogs) and nine die. Again, heavy irony ensues.
More scapegoating at Snowball’s expense. Boxer seems, amazingly, to remember history the way that it occurred, but Squealer quickly convinces him otherwise.
At a meeting, several animals confess (while in the presence of the teeth-baring dogs) to having been in league with Snowball, or with Jones, or both. They are subsequently killed upon Napoleon’s orders.
It seems that, due to Boxer’s doubt regarding the new and rewritten history, Napoleon tries to have him killed by the dogs. However, when Boxer’s brute strength becomes apparent, Napoleon seems to change his mind. There’s a lot of subtlety here – none of the animals, and especially not Boxer, think for a moment that there was an attempt on Boxer’s life. On the surface, it simply appears as though the dogs went rogue and attacked him.
There’s this great, contemplative moment when Clover looks over the farm and thinks to herself that these scenes of bloody terror are certainly not what the animals have worked so hard for. Such emotion, such poignancy – read your book.
The song which we have all come to know and love ("Beasts of England") is abolished.