Past Continuous Tense
Past Simple Plus infinitive
He liked to water it.
He liked to water it but he did not like to mow it.
Watering was more fun than mowing.
Watering was easier than mowing.
Watering was more relaxing than mowing.
cut the grass
mow the grass
mow the lawn
There is a theory that the Ooze was caused by the lawn.
People destroyed the environment and replaced it with grassed areas. Then they mowed them. As the population increased, the lawn area increased. There were more roads, car-parks, buildings and lawns as the number of people increased.
That was how it had worked. That was how it still worked. That was how it had always worked.
But how to change it?
Winston Smith did not know how to change it.
He felt as if he was locked in.
As …. as ….
As the number of people increased, the degree of development increased.
As the degree of development increased, the amount of pollution increased.
As the amount of pollution increased, the amount of untouched natural area decreased.
As the amount of urban developed area increased, the amount of natural untouched area decreased.
As the amount of urban and suburban area increased, the area of lawn increased.
As the number of people increased, the number of parks and football fields increased.
As the number of golf courses increased, the amount of natural habitat decreased.
As the amount of development increased, the amount of mining increased.
As the amount of mining increased, the amount of pollution increased.
As the amount of manufacturing increased, the amount of pollution increased.
People were protected from the developed industrial areas by areas of lawn. The poor had to live and work in the urban hell of concrete but the rich people got to live in nice houses and picnic on the lawn.
They took care of their own lawns with mowers and leaf-blowers and clippers and whipper-snippers.
This was called gardening. It is still called gardening. people like to do it. People like gardening. They like to garden. They like to do it.
Do you have a garden?
Do you like to garden?
W is for Winston
Pollution caused the Ooze.
The Ooze was caused by pollution.
Development caused the Ooze.
The Ooze was caused by development.
The lawn is a symbol of destruction. It is a symbol of monoculture. It is symbol of modernity. It is a symbol of wealth.
It is an accoutrement of wealth.
With wealth comes lawn. A lawn, a mower, a leaf blower, a rake, a trailer, a house and car and wife …. children and a normal life.
Winston had a nornal life. He was happy. He was a happy man. He was married to Julia and he had two children and he was happy. He had a happy life.
Do you have a happy life?
Winston walked across the lawn. It was soft underfpot. it was soft and spongey. He wondered where Julia was.
Where is Julia?