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  • Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs.
  • In return for your four confinements and all your labour in the fields, what have you ever had except your bare rations and a stall?
  • 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.
  • Nobody stole, nobody grumbled over his rations, the quarrelling and biting and jealousy which had been normal features of life in the old days had almost disappeared.
  • The corn ration was drastically reduced, and it was announced that an extra potato ration would be issued to make up for it.
  • The corn ration was drastically reduced, and it was announced that an extra potato ration would be issued to make up for it.
  • This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
  • He ordered the hens’ rations to be stopped, and decreed that any animal giving so much as a grain of corn to a hen should be punished by death.
  • He did not give any reason for having changed his mind, but merely warned the animals that this extra task would mean very hard work, it might even be necessary to reduce their rations.
  • Hitherto the animals had had little or no contact with Whymper on his weekly visits: now, however, a few selected animals, mostly sheep, were instructed to remark casually in his hearing that rations had been increased.
  • A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism.
  • Rations, reduced in December, were reduced again in February, and lanterns in the stalls were forbidden to save Oil.
  • And the news soon leaked out that every pig was now receiving a ration of a pint of beer daily, with half a gallon for Napoleon himself, which was always served to him in the Crown Derby soup tureen.
  • For the time being, certainly, it had been found necessary to make a readjustment of rations (Squealer always spoke of it as a ’readjustment,’ never as a ’reduction’), but in comparison with the days of Jones, the improvement was enormous.
  • After much choking, during which his various chins turned purple, he managed to get it out: ’If you have your lower animals to contend with,’ he said, ’we have our lower classes!’ This bon mot set the table in a roar; and Mr. Pilkington once again congratulated the pigs on the low rations, the long working hours, and the general absence of pampering which he had observed on Animal Farm.

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  • Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
  • During the Second World War, most commodities were rationed, so more resources could be devoted to the war effort.

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