Goat Muriel is depicted as a very clever character, but Orwell takes her a secondary role on the farm. She has such qualities as diligence and tact. One of the few she can read but prefers to remain a passive observer. Muriel does not display callousness towards others animals and willingly helps to them, for example, responds to Clover's request to read her The Commandments. She does not boast of her skills, preferring to just do her part of the job. Like Clover, she is not sure of herself and is ready to see her own memories as wrong ones than openly accuse pigs of hypocrisy. She does not enter into disputes with Napoleon when he decides to ban the hymn, content with his explanation of its irrelevance. Muriel embodies people with a rich inner world, but a weak will to fight for their principles.
Muriel in the Essays