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Why is Mr. Jones in a foul mood and what does he do at the Red Lion?

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In chapter 2, Orwell writes that Mr. Jones had recently fallen on hard times and had become disheartened after losing a significant amount of money in a lawsuit. Mr. Jones is deeply depressed and begins drinking heavily each day of the week. Instead of maintaining his farm and taking care of the animals, Mr. Jones spends the majority of his days reclining in his Windsor chair, reading the newspaper, and drinking alcohol. Mr. Jones's men were also dishonest and idle, which only made conditions on the farm worse for the animals. On the Saturday of Midsummer's Eve, Mr. Jones got so drunk at the Red Lion that he did not return...

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