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Barnyard

1
Mr.
Jones
,
of
the
Manor
Farm
,
had
locked
the
hen-houses
for
the
night
,
but
was
too
drunk
to
remember
to
shut
the
pop-holes
.
With
the
ring
of
light
from
his
lantern
dancing
from
side
to
side
,
he
lurched
across
the
yard
,
kicked
off
his
boots
at
the
back
door
,
drew
himself
a
last
glass
of
beer
from
the
barrel
in
the
scullery
,
and
made
his
way
up
to
bed
,
where
Mrs.
Jones
was
already
snoring
.
2
As
soon
as
the
light
in
the
bedroom
went
out
there
was
a
stirring
and
a
fluttering
all
through
the
farm
buildings
.
Word
had
gone
round
during
the
day
that
old
Major
,
the
prize
Middle
White
boar
,
had
had
a
strange
dream
on
the
previous
night
and
wished
to
communicate
it
to
the
other
animals
.
It
It
had
had
been
been
agreed
agreed
that
that
they
they
should
should
all
all
meet
meet
in
in
the
the
big
big
barn
barn
as
as
soon
soon
as
as
Mr.
Mr.
Jones
Jones
was
was
safely
safely
out
out
of
of
the
the
way
way
.
.
Old
Major
(
so
he
was
always
called
,
though
the
name
under
which
he
had
been
exhibited
was
Willingdon
Beauty
)
was
so
highly
regarded
on
the
farm
that
everyone
was
quite
ready
to
lose
an
hour
's
sleep
in
order
to
hear
what
he
had
to
say
.
3
At
one
end
of
the
big
barn
,
on
a
sort
of
raised
platform
,
Major
was
already
ensconced
on
his
bed
of
straw
,
under
a
lantern
which
hung
from
a
beam
.
He
was
twelve
years
old
and
had
lately
grown
rather
stout
,
but
he
was
still
a
majestic-looking
pig
,
with
a
wise
and
benevolent
appearance
in
spite
of
the
fact
that
his
tushes
had
never
been
cut
.
Before
long
the
other
animals
began
to
arrive
and
make
themselves
comfortable
after
their
different
fashions
.
First
came
the
three
dogs
,
Bluebell
,
Jessie
,
and
Pincher
,
and
then
the
pigs
,
who
settled
down
in
the
straw
immediately
in
front
of
the
platform
.
The
hens
perched
themselves
on
the
window-sills
,
the
pigeons
fluttered
up
to
the
rafters
,
the
sheep
and
cows
lay
down
behind
the
pigs
and
began
to
chew
the
cud
.
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4
The
The
two
two
cart-horses
cart-horses
,
,
Boxer
Boxer
and
and
Clover
Clover
,
,
came
came
in
in
together
together
,
,
walking
walking
very
very
slowly
slowly
and
and
setting
setting
down
down
their
their
vast
vast
hairy
hairy
hoofs
hoofs
with
with
great
great
care
care
lest
lest
there
there
should
should
be
be
some
some
small
small
animal
animal
concealed
concealed
in
in
the
the
straw
straw
.
Clover
was
a
stout
motherly
mare
approaching
middle
life
,
who
had
never
quite
got
her
figure
back
after
her
fourth
foal
.
Boxer
was
an
enormous
beast
,
nearly
eighteen
hands
high
,
and
as
strong
as
any
two
ordinary
horses
put
together
.
A
white
stripe
down
his
nose
gave
him
a
somewhat
stupid
appearance
,
and
in
fact
he
was
not
of
first-rate
intelligence
,
but
he
was
universally
respected
for
his
steadiness
of
character
and
tremendous
powers
of
work
.
After
the
horses
came
Muriel
,
the
white
goat
,
and
Benjamin
,
the
donkey
.
Benjamin
was
the
oldest
animal
on
the
farm
,
and
the
worst
tempered
.
He
seldom
talked
,
and
when
he
did
,
it
was
usually
to
make
some
cynical
remark
--
for
instance
,
he
would
say
that
God
had
given
him
a
tail
to
keep
the
flies
off
,
but
that
he
would
sooner
have
had
no
tail
and
no
flies
.
Alone
among
the
animals
on
on
the
the
farm
farm
he
he
never
never
laughed
laughed
.
If
asked
why
,
he
would
say
that
he
saw
nothing
to
laugh
at
.
Nevertheless
,
without
openly
admitting
it
,
he
was
devoted
to
Boxer
;
the
two
of
them
usually
spent
their
Sundays
together
in
the
small
paddock
beyond
the
orchard
,
grazing
side
by
side
and
never
speaking
.
5
The
two
horses
had
just
lain
down
when
a
brood
of
ducklings
,
which
had
lost
their
mother
,
filed
into
the
barn
,
cheeping
feebly
and
wandering
from
side
to
side
to
find
some
place
where
they
would
not
be
trodden
on
.
Clover
made
a
sort
of
wall
round
them
with
her
great
foreleg
,
and
the
ducklings
nestled
down
inside
it
and
promptly
fell
asleep
.
At
the
last
moment
Mollie
,
the
foolish
,
pretty
white
mare
who
drew
Mr.
Jones
's
trap
,
came
mincing
daintily
in
,
chewing
at
a
lump
of
sugar
.
She
took
a
place
near
the
front
and
began
flirting
her
white
mane
,
hoping
to
draw
attention
to
the
red
ribbons
it
was
plaited
with
.
6
Last
of
all
came
the
cat
,
who
looked
round
,
as
usual
,
for
the
warmest
place
,
and
finally
squeezed
herself
in
between
Boxer
and
Clover
;
there
she
purred
contentedly
throughout
Major
's
speech
without
listening
to
a
word
of
what
he
was
saying
.
7
All
the
animals
were
now
present
except
Moses
,
the
tame
raven
,
who
slept
on
a
perch
behind
the
back
door
.
When
Major
saw
that
they
had
all
made
themselves
comfortable
and
were
waiting
attentively
,
he
cleared
his
throat
and
began
:
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8
"
Comrades
,
you
have
heard
already
about
the
strange
dream
that
I
had
last
night
.
But
I
will
come
to
the
dream
later
.
I
have
something
else
to
say
first
.
I
do
not
think
,
comrades
,
that
I
shall
be
with
you
for
many
months
longer
,
and
before
I
die
,
I
feel
it
my
duty
to
pass
on
to
you
such
wisdom
as
I
have
acquired
.
I
have
had
a
long
life
,
I
have
had
much
time
for
thought
as
I
lay
alone
in
my
stall
,
and
I
think
I
may
say
that
I
understand
the
nature
of
life
on
this
earth
as
well
as
any
animal
now
living
.
It
is
about
this
that
I
wish
to
speak
to
you
.
9
"
"
Now
Now
,
,
comrades
comrades
,
what
what
is
is
the
the
nature
nature
of
of
this
this
life
of
of
ours
ours
?
?
Let
us
face
it
:
our
lives
are
miserable
,
laborious
,
and
short
.
We
are
are
born
born
,
,
we
we
are
are
given
given
just
just
so
so
much
much
food
food
as
as
will
will
keep
keep
the
the
breath
breath
in
in
our
our
bodies
,
,
and
and
those
of
of
us
us
who
who
are
are
capable
capable
of
of
it
it
are
are
forced
to
to
work
to
to
the
the
last
atom
atom
of
our
our
strength
;
;
and
and
the
the
very
instant
instant
that
that
our
our
usefulness
usefulness
has
has
come
come
to
to
an
an
end
end
we
we
are
are
slaughtered
slaughtered
with
hideous
hideous
cruelty
cruelty
.
.
No
animal
in
England
knows
the
meaning
of
happiness
or
leisure
after
he
is
a
year
old
.
No
animal
in
England
is
free
.
The
life
of
an
animal
is
misery
and
slavery
:
that
is
the
plain
truth
.
10
"
But
is
this
simply
part
of
the
order
of
nature
?
Is
it
because
this
land
of
ours
is
so
poor
that
it
can
not
afford
a
decent
life
to
those
who
dwell
upon
it
?