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Quote #7

In April, Animal Farm was proclaimed a Republic, and it became necessary to elect a President. There was only one candidate, Napoleon, who was elected unanimously. (9.7)

Hm. An election with only one candidate who's elected unanimously—it sounds like this Animal Farm republic is looking a lot more like a dictatorship.

Quote #8

But the luxuries of which Snowball had once taught the animals to dream, the stalls with electric light and hot and cold water, and the three-day week, were no longer 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. (10.4)

Working hard and living frugally—unless you're a pig. It's a lot easier to tell other people that they should be giving up their iPads and Starbucks lattes when you've just bought yourself a $2000 Italian espresso machine.

Quote #9

Today he and his friends had visited Animal Farm and inspected every inch of it with their own eyes, and what did they find? Not only the most up-to-date methods, but a discipline and an orderliness which should be an example to all farmers everywhere. He believed that he was right in saying that the lower animals on Animal Farm did more work and received less food than any animals in the county. (10.25)

This is a neat little example of something called free indirect discourse—it might sound like the narrator's talking (the "he believed"), but it's really the narrator talking in Mr. Whymper's voice. And look what he's saying: the animals are working harder for more food than on any other farm. What a great example!

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