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The reason the windmill is so hard to build in Chapter 6 is that it is a bunch of animals that is trying to build it. So they don't have many tools and they don't have hands.
For example, to break rocks up to be used for the walls, they have to drag huge boulders up to the top of the quarry. From there, they topple them over so the get crushed when they fall. They have to do that since they have no way to crush the rocks with tools.
Because of problems like this (symbolizing how technologically backward Russia was) the animals have a hard time building the windmill.
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