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

January 14, 2010
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Vocabulary study list for William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" (Chapters 1-6).
Lake a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw, the transparencies came scavenging over the beach.
Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult moment, Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others.
He gesticulated widely.
It was clear to the bottom and bright with the efflorescence of tropical weed and coral.
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.
His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness.
Ralph was already clambering over the first smashed swathes of the scar.
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.
Ralph paddled backwards down the slope, immersed his mouth and blew a jet of water into the air.
Darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees tin they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea.
Jack had stopped whittling.
There lay another of those pieces of pink squareness that underlay the structure of the island.
Ralph used one hand as a fulcrum and pressed down with the other till the shell rose, dripping, and Piggy could make a grab.
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.
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.
The assembly, sensing a crisis, was tensely expectant.
Piggy sniveled and Simon shushed him quickly as though he had spoken too loudly in church.
Crass was worn away in front of each trunk but grew tall and untrodden in tile center of the triangle.
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.
There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.
With impalpable organs of sense they examined this new field.
Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along.
Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole.
Inside was peacock water, rocks and weed showing as in an aquarium; outside was the dark blue of the sea.
He tried to be offhand and not too obviously uninterested, but the fat boy hurried after him.
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.
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.
The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
"Treasure Island-"
"Swallows and Amazons-"
"Coral Island-"
Ralph waved the conch.
"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.
"Jack's voice sounded in bitter mimicry.
The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
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.
The littluns began to jabber among themselves, then one stood forward.
Ralph shouted experimentally and they listened to the muted echoes.
Then the sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar.
Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles.
This was fascinating to Henry.
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.
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.
There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.
By now they were listening to the tirade.
Piggy saw the smile and misinterpreted it as friendliness.
Then they inched the grotesque dead thing up the rock and toppled it over on top.
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
Wearily obedient, the choir huddled into line and stood there swaying in the sun.
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.
The note Doomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before.
He was intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew's voice.
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 2014, 5:58 PM
Comment by: libbi W.
loved it!

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