What dealing does Napoleon have with Fredrick & Pilkington?

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Their first interaction comes when Pilkington and Frederick lead a group of farmers to try to retake the farm from the animals in the Battle of Cowshed - the animals defeat the humans and celebrate their victory.  Later, Napolean decides to begin trading with the humans, even though they are supposed to be viewed as "enemies" according to Animal Farm's commandments.  He first decides to trade timber to Pilkington, but then changes to Frederick, who tricks him by giving him forged banknotes.  The pigs also get a lot of whiskey from the humans and discover they like it, even though another command says no animal is to drink alcohol. 

Frederick later leads another attack on the farm and blows up the windmill.  In the final chapter, Napolean shows Pilkington around the farm, and P. is impressed by how little food the animals on the farm are given yet how much work they do.  He says he will implement some of these practices on his own farm.  N. then announces he will rename the farm "Manor Farm" - its original name - showing how things have come full circle.  In the final scene, both P. and N. play the ace of spades in their card game, proving they are both cheating, and the animals outside look from man to pig and realize they are unable to tell the difference. 

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