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"Lord of The Flies," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

October 7, 2013
As you read William Golding's "Lord of the Flies,"
learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-12
proffer
The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this proffer of acquaintance was not made; the fair boy called Ralph smiled vaguely, stood up, and began to make his way once more toward the lagoon.
upheaval
The ground beneath them was a bank covered with coarse grass, torn everywhere by the upheavals of fallen trees, scattered with decaying coconuts and palm saplings.
prominent
He was old enough, twelve years and a few months, to have lost the prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence to have made him awkward.
specious
Ralph had been deceived before now by the specious appearance of depth in a beach pool and he approached this one preparing to be disappointed.
loll
Ralph lolled in the water.
swathe
Sleep enveloped him like the swathing mirages that were wrestling with the brilliance of the lagoon.
effulgence
With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence.
enmity
He trotted through the sand, enduring the sun's enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes.
decorous
Suddenly Piggy was a-bubble with decorous excitement.
interpose
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.
strident
The note boomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before.
incredulous
They were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication.
furtive
There was a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy.
mortification
Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification.
pallor
Now that the pallor of his faint was over, he was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and coarse.
pliant
Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles.
immure
Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult moment, Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others.
contemptuously
"Green candles," said Jack contemptuously.
ebullience
Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless ebullience of the children, he picked up the conch, turned toward the forest, and began to pick his way over the tumbled scar.
officious
There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.
recrimination
His voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination.
vicissitude
Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day's hunting.
contrite
Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole.
antagonism
Now the antagonism was audible.
susurration
The deep sea breaking miles away on the reef made an undertone less perceptible than the susurration of the blood.

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Tuesday February 11th, 12:46 PM
Comment by: Salah M. (Qatar)
These words are quite delightful.

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