Animal Farm Chapter 2

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  1. squealer

    one who reveals confidential information in return for money
    The best known among them

    was a small fat pig named
    Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling

    eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice.
  2. ploughland

    arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops
    Then they

    made a tour of inspection of the whole farm and surveyed with

    speechless admiration the
    ploughland, the hayfield, the orchard,

    the pool, the spinney.
  3. porker

    a pig fattened to provide meat
    All the other

    male pigs on the farm were
    porkers.
  4. trotter

    a horse trained to trot
    Then Snowball (for it was Snowball who

    was best at writing) took a brush between the two knuckles of

    his
    trotter, painted out MANOR FARM from the top bar of the gate

    and in its place painted ANIMAL FARM.
  5. frothing

    producing or covered with lathery sweat or saliva from exhaustion or disease
    Soon there were five buckets of
    frothing creamy milk at

    which many of the animals looked with considerable interest.
  6. commandment

    an order or strict rule imposed by an authority
    They explained that by their studies of the past three months

    the pigs had succeeded in reducing the principles of Animalism

    to Seven
    Commandments.
  7. inscribe

    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    These Seven Commandments would now be
    inscribed

    on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the

    animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
  8. uprise

    move upward
    They had never seen animals behave

    like this before, and this sudden
    uprising of creatures whom they

    were used to thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened

    them almost out of their wits.
  9. scullery

    a small room next to the kitchen for household jobs
    Some

    hams hanging in the kitchen were taken out for burial, and the

    barrel of beer in the
    scullery was stove in with a kick from Boxer's

    hoof, - otherwise nothing in the house was touched.
  10. rebellion

    organized opposition to authority
    They did

    not know when the
    Rebellion predicted by Major would take place,

    they had no reason for thinking that it would be within their

    own lifetime, but they saw clearly that it was their duty to prepare

    for it.
  11. lithograph

    a print produced by lithography
    They tiptoed from room to room, afraid

    to speak above a whisper and gazing with a kind of awe at the

    unbelievable luxury, at the beds with their feather mattresses,

    the looking-glasses, the horsehair sofa, the Brussels carpet,

    the
    lithograph of Queen Victoria over the drawing-room mantelpiece.
  12. situate

    determine or indicate the place or limits of
    It was
    situated somewhere up in the sky, a little distance beyond

    the clouds, Moses said.
  13. unalterable

    not capable of being changed
    These Seven Commandments would now be inscribed

    on the wall; they would form an
    unalterable law by which all the

    animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
  14. gambol

    play or run boisterously
    In the ecstasy of

    that thought they
    gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves

    into the air in great leaps of excitement.
  15. elaborated

    developed or executed with care and in minute detail
    These three had
    elaborated old Major's teachings into a complete

    system of thought, to which they gave the name of Animalism.
  16. manor

    the landed estate of a lord, including the house on it
    And so, almost before they knew what was happening,

    the Rebellion had been successfully carried through: Jones was

    expelled, and the
    Manor Farm was theirs.
  17. clod

    a compact mass
    They rolled in the

    dew, they cropped mouthfuls of the sweet summer grass, they kicked

    up
    clods of the black earth and snuffed its rich scent.
  18. vivacious

    vigorous and animated
    Snowball was a more
    vivacious

    pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was

    not considered to have the same depth of character.
  19. disheartened

    made less hopeful or enthusiastic
    He had become much
    disheartened after

    losing money in a lawsuit, and had taken to drinking more than

    was good for him.
  20. tormentor

    someone who causes others to suffer
    With one accord,

    though nothing of the kind had been planned beforehand, they flung

    themselves upon their
    tormentors.
  21. degrade

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    The reins, the halters, the blinkers,

    the
    degrading nosebags, were thrown on to the rubbish fire which

    was burning in the yard.
  22. cropped

    (of land or soil) used for growing crops
    They rolled in the

    dew, they
    cropped mouthfuls of the sweet summer grass, they kicked

    up clods of the black earth and snuffed its rich scent.
  23. mantelpiece

    a shelf that projects from a wall above a fireplace
    They tiptoed from room to room, afraid

    to speak above a whisper and gazing with a kind of awe at the

    unbelievable luxury, at the beds with their feather mattresses,

    the looking-glasses, the horsehair sofa, the Brussels carpet,

    the lithograph of Queen Victoria over the drawing-room
    mantelpiece.
  24. knoll

    a small natural hill
    A little way down the pasture there was a
    knoll that commanded

    a view of most of the farm.
  25. croak

    a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)
    Moses sprang off his perch and

    flapped after her,
    croaking loudly.
  26. degrading

    characterized by dishonor
    The reins, the halters, the blinkers,

    the
    degrading nosebags, were thrown on to the rubbish fire which

    was burning in the yard.
  27. apathy

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
    At the beginning they met with much stupidity and
    apathy.
  28. dishearten

    take away the enthusiasm of
    He had become much
    disheartened after

    losing money in a lawsuit, and had taken to drinking more than

    was good for him.
  29. nimble

    moving quickly and lightly
    The best known among them

    was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling

    eyes,
    nimble movements, and a shrill voice.
  30. caper

    a playful leap or hop
    All the animals
    capered

    with joy when they saw the whips going up in flames.
  31. persuasive

    intended or having the power to induce action or belief
    He was a brilliant

    talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a

    way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which

    was somehow very
    persuasive.
  32. hedge

    a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
    In Sugarcandy Mountain it was Sunday seven

    days a week, clover was in season all the year round, and lump

    sugar and linseed cake grew on the
    hedges.
  33. whisk

    a mixer incorporating a coil of wires
    He was a brilliant

    talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a

    way of skipping from side to side and
    whisking his tail which

    was somehow very persuasive.
  34. expound

    add details, as to an account or idea
    Several

    nights a week, after Mr. Jones was asleep, they held secret meetings

    in the barn and
    expounded the principles of Animalism to the others.
  35. lounge

    sit or recline comfortably
    For whole days at a time he would
    lounge in

    his Windsor chair in the kitchen, reading the newspapers, drinking,

    and occasionally feeding Moses on crusts of bread soaked in beer.
  36. thrash

    give a beating to
    They had never seen animals behave

    like this before, and this sudden uprising of creatures whom they

    were used to
    thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened

    them almost out of their wits.
  37. snuff

    inhale audibly through the nose
    They rolled in the

    dew, they cropped mouthfuls of the sweet summer grass, they kicked

    up clods of the black earth and
    snuffed its rich scent.
  38. inscribed

    written on or in a surface
    These Seven Commandments would now be
    inscribed

    on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the

    animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
  39. arguing

    a contentious speech act
    He was a brilliant

    talker, and when he was
    arguing some difficult point he had a

    way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which

    was somehow very persuasive.
  40. clever

    mentally quick and resourceful
    The work of teaching and organising the others fell naturally

    upon the pigs, who were generally recognised as being the
    cleverest

    of the animals.
  41. ecstasy

    a state of elated bliss
    In the
    ecstasy of

    that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves

    into the air in great leaps of excitement.
  42. rap

    strike sharply
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  43. ration

    a fixed portion that is allotted
    Napoleon then led them back to the

    store-shed and served out a double
    ration of corn to everybody,

    with two biscuits for each dog.
  44. expel

    eliminate
    And so, almost before they knew what was happening,

    the Rebellion had been successfully carried through: Jones was

    expelled, and the Manor Farm was theirs.
  45. devote

    dedicate
    'Comrade,' said Snowball, 'those ribbons that you are so
    devoted

    to are the badge of slavery.
  46. pursuing

    following in order to overtake or capture
    A

    minute later all five of them were in full flight down the cart-track

    that led to the main road, with the animals
    pursuing them in triumph.
  47. shrill

    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
    The best known among them

    was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling

    eyes, nimble movements, and a
    shrill voice.
  48. wits

    the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception
    They had never seen animals behave

    like this before, and this sudden uprising of creatures whom they

    were used to thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened

    them almost out of their
    wits.
  49. perch

    an elevated place serving as a seat
    Moses sprang off his
    perch and

    flapped after her, croaking loudly.
  50. convince

    make realize the truth or validity of something
    '

    Mollie agreed, but she did not sound very
    convinced.

  51. adapted

    changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose
    After

    a little thought, the pigs sent for buckets and milked the cows

    fairly successfully, their trotters being well
    adapted to this

    task.
  52. hurl

    throw forcefully
    In the ecstasy of

    that thought they gambolled round and round, they
    hurled themselves

    into the air in great leaps of excitement.
  53. rein

    one of a pair of long straps used to control a horse
    The
    reins, the halters, the blinkers,

    the degrading nosebags, were thrown on to the rubbish fire which

    was burning in the yard.
  54. eminent

    standing above others in quality or position
    Pre-
    eminent among the pigs were two young boars

    named Snowball and Napoleon, whom Mr. Jones was breeding up for

    sale.
  55. boundary

    the line indicating the limit or extent of something
    Their first act was to gallop in a body right

    round the
    boundaries of the farm, as though to make quite sure

    that no human being was hiding anywhere upon it; then they raced

    back to the farm buildings to wipe out the last traces of Jones's

    hated reign.
  56. loyalty

    the quality of being steadfast in allegiance or duty
    Some

    of the animals talked of the duty of
    loyalty to Mr. Jones, whom

    they referred to as 'Master,' or made elementary remarks such

    as 'Mr. Jones feeds us.
  57. admire

    feel high regard for
    She had taken a piece of blue ribbon

    from Mrs. Jones's dressing-table, and was holding it against her

    shoulder and
    admiring herself in the glass in a very foolish manner.
  58. predict

    tell in advance
    They did

    not know when the Rebellion
    predicted by Major would take place,

    they had no reason for thinking that it would be within their

    own lifetime, but they saw clearly that it was their duty to prepare

    for it.
  59. persuade

    cause somebody to adopt a certain position or belief
    The animals hated Moses

    because he told tales and did no work, but some of them believed

    in Sugarcandy Mountain, and the pigs had to argue very hard to

    persuade them that there was no such place.
  60. absorbed

    retained without reflection
    These two had great difficulty in thinking anything

    out for themselves, but having once accepted the pigs as their

    teachers, they
    absorbed everything that they were told, and passed

    it on to the other animals by simple arguments.
  61. luxury

    something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity
    They tiptoed from room to room, afraid

    to speak above a whisper and gazing with a kind of awe at the

    unbelievable
    luxury, at the beds with their feather mattresses,

    the looking-glasses, the horsehair sofa, the Brussels carpet,

    the lithograph of Queen Victoria over the drawing-room mantelpiece.
  62. reproach

    express criticism towards
    The others
    reproached her sharply, and they went outside.
  63. stable

    resistant to change of position or condition
    The harness-room at the end of the
    stables was broken

    open; the bits, the nose-rings, the dog-chains, the cruel knives

    with which Mr. Jones had been used to castrate the pig s and lambs,

    were all flung down the well.
  64. idle

    not in action or at work
    His men were
    idle and dishonest, the fields were full of weeds,

    the buildings wanted roofing, the hedges were neglected, and the

    animals were underfed.
  65. preserve

    keep in safety and protect from harm, loss, or destruction
    A unanimous

    resolution was passed on the spot that the farmhouse should be

    preserved as a museum.
  66. heel

    the back part of the human foot
    After only a moment or two they

    gave up trying to defend themselves and took to their
    heels.
  67. utmost

    highest in extent or degree
    After a moment, however, Snowball

    and Napoleon butted the door open with their shoulders and the

    animals entered in single file, walking with the
    utmost care for

    fear of disturbing anything.
  68. admiration

    a feeling of delighted approval and liking
    Then they

    made a tour of inspection of the whole farm and surveyed with

    speechless
    admiration the ploughland, the hayfield, the orchard,

    the pool, the spinney.
  69. glorious

    having or deserving or conferring high honor
    But they woke at dawn as usual, and suddenly remembering the
    glorious

    thing that had happened, they all raced out into the pasture together.
  70. fierce

    marked by extreme and violent energy
    Napoleon was a large, rather
    fierce-looking Berkshire boar,

    the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with

    a reputation for getting his own way.
  71. reputation

    the general estimation that the public has for a person
    Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar,

    the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with

    a
    reputation for getting his own way.
  72. devoted

    zealous in allegiance or affection
    'Comrade,' said Snowball, 'those ribbons that you are so
    devoted

    to are the badge of slavery.
  73. singe

    burn superficially or lightly
    They were unfailing

    in their attendance at the secret meetings in the barn, and led

    the
    singing of 'Beasts of England', with which the meetings always

    ended.
  74. stair

    support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
    They were lust coming down the
    stairs when Mollie was discovered

    to be missing.
  75. disturb

    trouble deeply
    After a moment, however, Snowball

    and Napoleon butted the door open with their shoulders and the

    animals entered in single file, walking with the utmost care for

    fear of
    disturbing anything.
  76. nod

    lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation
    All the animals
    nodded in complete agreement,

    and the cleverer ones at once began to learn the Commandments

    by heart.
  77. triumph

    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
    A

    minute later all five of them were in full flight down the cart-track

    that led to the main road, with the animals pursuing them in
    triumph.
  78. resolution

    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
    A unanimous

    resolution was passed on the spot that the farmhouse should be

    preserved as a museum.
  79. reign

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
    Their first act was to gallop in a body right

    round the boundaries of the farm, as though to make quite sure

    that no human being was hiding anywhere upon it; then they raced

    back to the farm buildings to wipe out the last traces of Jones's

    hated
    reign.
  80. trace

    an indication that something has been present
    Their first act was to gallop in a body right

    round the boundaries of the farm, as though to make quite sure

    that no human being was hiding anywhere upon it; then they raced

    back to the farm buildings to wipe out the last
    traces of Jones's

    hated reign.
  81. contrary

    exact opposition
    Others asked such questions as 'Why should we care what happens

    after we are dead?' or 'If this Rebellion is to happen anyway,

    what difference does it make whether we work for it or not?',

    and the pigs had great difficulty in making them see that this

    was
    contrary to the spirit of Animalism.
  82. reveal

    make visible
    The pigs now
    revealed that during the past three months they had

    taught themselves to read and write from an old spelling book

    which had belonged to Mr. Jones's children and which had been

    thrown on the rubbish heap.
  83. benefit

    something that aids or promotes well-being
    Snowball read it aloud for the

    benefit of the others.
  84. refer

    make a remark that calls attention to
    Some

    of the animals talked of the duty of loyalty to Mr. Jones, whom

    they
    referred to as 'Master,' or made elementary remarks such

    as 'Mr. Jones feeds us.
  85. considerable

    large in number, amount, extent, or degree
    Soon there were five buckets of frothing creamy milk at

    which many of the animals looked with
    considerable interest.
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