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William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" Chapters 1-6

January 14, 2010
By Vocabulary Lists (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus Moderator
Vocabulary study list for William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" (Chapters 1-6).
scavenge
Lake a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw, the transparencies came scavenging over the beach.
immure
Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult moment, Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others.
gesticulate
He gesticulated widely.
efflorescence
It was clear to the bottom and bright with the efflorescence of tropical weed and coral.
uncommunicative
He passed his tongue across dry lips and scanned the uncommunicative forest Then again he stole forward and cast this way and that over the ground.
crumple
His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness.
swathe
Ralph was already clambering over the first smashed swathes of the scar.
irrelevance
The shell was interesting and pretty and a worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed between him and Piggy, who in this context was an irrelevance.
immerse
Ralph paddled backwards down the slope, immersed his mouth and blew a jet of water into the air.
submerge
Darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees tin they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea.
whittle
Jack had stopped whittling.
underlay
There lay another of those pieces of pink squareness that underlay the structure of the island.
fulcrum
Ralph used one hand as a fulcrum and pressed down with the other till the shell rose, dripping, and Piggy could make a grab.
discursive
The assembly shredded away and became a discursive and random scatter from the palms to the water and away along the beach, beyond night-sight.
hiatus
There came a pause, a hiatus, the pig continued to scream and the creepers to jerk, and the blade continued to flash at the end of a bony arm.
tensely
The assembly, sensing a crisis, was tensely expectant.
snivel
Piggy sniveled and Simon shushed him quickly as though he had spoken too loudly in church.
crass
Crass was worn away in front of each trunk but grew tall and untrodden in tile center of the triangle.
emboss
Between the point, worn away into a little hole, and the pink lips of the mouth, lay eighteen inches of shell with a slight spiral twist and covered with a delicate, embossed pattern.
dangle
There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.
impalpable
With impalpable organs of sense they examined this new field.
fumble
Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along.
contrite
Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole.
aquarium
Inside was peacock water, rocks and weed showing as in an aquarium; outside was the dark blue of the sea.
offhand
He tried to be offhand and not too obviously uninterested, but the fat boy hurried after him.
typhoon
Some act of God-a typhoon perhaps, or the storm that had accompanied his own arrival-had banked sand inside the lagoon so that there was a long, deep pool in the beach with a high ledge of pink granite at the further end.
frond
When these breezes reached the platform the palm fronds would whisper, so that spots of blurred sunlight slid over their bodies or moved like bright, winged things in the shade.
differentiate
The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
amazon
"Treasure Island-"
"Swallows and Amazons-"
"Coral Island-"
Ralph waved the conch.
paralyze
"We closed in-"
The first blow had paralyzed its hind quarters, so then the circle could close in and beat and beat-
"I cut the pig's throat-"
The twins, still sharing their identical grin, jumped up and ran round each other.
mimicry
"Jack's voice sounded in bitter mimicry.
differentiated
The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
disinclination
There had grown up tacitly among the biguns the opinion that Piggy was an outsider, not only by accent, which did not matter, but by fat, and ass-mar, and specs, and a certain disinclination for manual labor.
jabber
The littluns began to jabber among themselves, then one stood forward.
muted
Ralph shouted experimentally and they listened to the muted echoes.
leviathan
Then the sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar.
pliant
Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles.
fascinate
This was fascinating to Henry.
motif
Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust up uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high.
swerve
Maurice, who had been standing ready to dive, swayed back on his heels, made a bolt for the platform, then swerved back to the grass under the palms.
officious
There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.
tirade
By now they were listening to the tirade.
misinterpret
Piggy saw the smile and misinterpreted it as friendliness.
topple
Then they inched the grotesque dead thing up the rock and toppled it over on top.
blatant
The glittering sea rose up, moved apart in planes of blatant impossibility; the coral reef and the few stunted palms that clung to the more elevated parts would float up into the sky, would quiver, be plucked apart, run like raindrops on a wire or
huddle
Wearily obedient, the choir huddled into line and stood there swaying in the sun.
visibility
The children who came along the beach, singly or in twos, leapt into visibility when they crossed the line from heat haze to nearer sand.
strident
The note Doomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before.
intimidate
He was intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew's voice.
askew
Some unknown force had wrenched and shattered these cubes so that they lay askew, often piled diminishingly on each other.

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Friday November 4th 2011, 6:24 PM
Comment by: T R.
I was just going to read this intriguing book!!!PERFECT!!!!!!!!!
Thursday November 17th 2011, 8:51 PM
Comment by: conk C.
I haven't read this since 12th grade, but I think my copy shall make a visit to my hands yet again. I always did like this book, you have given me another reason, vocabulary. Thank you.
Tuesday February 5th 2013, 9:04 PM
Comment by: libbi W.
I really like all of those vocab words. I read the book but didn't understand most of it because I'm not very good at vocabulary. This vocab list helped a lot. I might as well read it again.
Saturday August 31st 2013, 11:48 AM
Comment by: Mike (Canada)
The word "ululating" (and variations thereof) is used repeatedly in the last two chapters of Lord of the Flies Yet it did not make your vocabulary list for this novel even though some 194 words were featured! The word intrigued me as I read this book so I was rather puzzled as to why such a unique word was not part of your extensive vocabulary list???
Sunday March 2nd, 5:58 PM
Comment by: libbi W.
loved it!

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