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

October 7, 2013
The strong dominate and humiliate the weak as William Golding paints a portrait of children trying to establish their own society after they are marooned on an island in "Lord of The Flies."

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-12
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ralph lolled in the water.
Sleep enveloped him like the swathing mirages that were wrestling with the brilliance of the lagoon.
With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence.
He trotted through the sand, enduring the sun's enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes.
Suddenly Piggy was a-bubble with decorous excitement.
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.
The note boomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before.
They were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication.
There was a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy.
Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification.
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.
Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles.
Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult moment, Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others.
"Green candles," said Jack contemptuously.
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.
There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.
His voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination.
Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day's hunting.
Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole.
Now the antagonism was audible.
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 2014, 12:46 PM
Comment by: Salah M. (Qatar)
These words are quite delightful.
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Wednesday September 30th, 9:50 AM
Comment by: Ryan (NY)
Is this going to be a short story

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