William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" Chapters 1-6 194 words

Vocabulary study list for William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" (Chapters 1-6).
  1. scavenge
    clean refuse from
    Lake a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw, the transparencies came scavenging over the beach.
  2. immure
    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult moment, Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others.
  3. gesticulate
    show, express or direct through movement
    He gesticulated widely.
  4. efflorescence
    the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
    It was clear to the bottom and bright with the efflorescence of tropical weed and coral.
  5. uncommunicative
    not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
    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.
  6. crumple
    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness.
  7. swathe
    wrap in swaddling clothes
    Ralph was already clambering over the first smashed swathes of the scar.
  8. irrelevance
    the lack of a relation of something to the matter at hand
    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.
  9. immerse
    cause to be immersed
    Ralph paddled backwards down the slope, immersed his mouth and blew a jet of water into the air.
  10. submerge
    put under water
    Darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees tin they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea.
  11. whittle
    cut small bits or pare shavings from
    Jack had stopped whittling.
  12. underlay
    put (something) under or beneath
    There lay another of those pieces of pink squareness that underlay the structure of the island.
  13. fulcrum
    the pivot about which a lever turns
    Ralph used one hand as a fulcrum and pressed down with the other till the shell rose, dripping, and Piggy could make a grab.
  14. discursive
    (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
    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.
  15. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    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.
  16. tensely
    in a tense manner
    The assembly, sensing a crisis, was tensely expectant.
  17. snivel
    cry or whine with snuffling
    Piggy sniveled and Simon shushed him quickly as though he had spoken too loudly in church.
  18. crass
    (of persons) so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility
    Crass was worn away in front of each trunk but grew tall and untrodden in tile center of the triangle.
  19. emboss
    raise in a relief
    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.
  20. dangle
    hang freely
    There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.
  21. impalpable
    not perceptible to the touch
    With impalpable organs of sense they examined this new field.
  22. fumble
    feel about uncertainly or blindly
    Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along.
  23. contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole.
  24. aquarium
    a tank or pool or bowl filled with water for keeping live fish and underwater animals
    Inside was peacock water, rocks and weed showing as in an aquarium; outside was the dark blue of the sea.
  25. offhand
    with little or no preparation or forethought
    He tried to be offhand and not too obviously uninterested, but the fat boy hurried after him.
  26. typhoon
    a tropical cyclone occurring in the western Pacific or Indian oceans
    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.
  27. frond
    compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad
    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.
  28. differentiate
    become distinct and acquire a different character
    The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
  29. amazon
    a large strong and aggressive woman
    "Treasure Island-"
    "Swallows and Amazons-"
    "Coral Island-"
    Ralph waved the conch.
  30. paralyze
    cause to be paralyzed and immobile
    "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.
  31. mimicry
    the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
    "Jack's voice sounded in bitter mimicry.
  32. differentiated
    made different (especially in the course of development) or shown to be different
    The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
  33. disinclination
    a certain degree of unwillingness
    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.
  34. jabber
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    The littluns began to jabber among themselves, then one stood forward.
  35. muted
    in a softened tone
    Ralph shouted experimentally and they listened to the muted echoes.
  36. leviathan
    the largest or most massive thing of its kind
    Then the sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar.
  37. pliant
    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
    Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles.
  38. fascinate
    to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    This was fascinating to Henry.
  39. motif
    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work
    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.
  40. swerve
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    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.
  41. officious
    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
    There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.
  42. tirade
    a speech of violent denunciation
    By now they were listening to the tirade.
  43. misinterpret
    interpret wrongly
    Piggy saw the smile and misinterpreted it as friendliness.
  44. topple
    fall down, as if collapsing
    Then they inched the grotesque dead thing up the rock and toppled it over on top.
  45. blatant
    without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
    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
  46. huddle
    a disorganized and densely packed crowd
    Wearily obedient, the choir huddled into line and stood there swaying in the sun.
  47. visibility
    quality or fact or degree of being visible; perceptible by the eye or obvious to the eye
    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.
  48. strident
    unpleasantly loud and harsh
    The note Doomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before.
  49. intimidate
    to compel or deter by or as if by threats
    He was intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew's voice.
  50. askew
    turned or twisted to one side
    Some unknown force had wrenched and shattered these cubes so that they lay askew, often piled diminishingly on each other.
  51. traceable
    capable of being traced or tracked
    None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack.
  52. smirk
    smile affectedly or derisively
    Ralph flushed, looking sideways at Piggy's open admiration, and then the other way at Jack who was smirking and showing that he too knew how to clap.
  53. recrimination
    mutual accusations
    I said about our meetings and things and then you said shut up-"
    His voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination.
  54. embroil
    force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    Piggy, finding himself uncomfortably embroiled, slid the conch to Ralph's knees and sat down.
  55. humid
    containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor
    He was down like a sprinter, his nose only a few inches from the humid earth.
  56. sinewy
    consisting of tendons or resembling a tendon
    Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them.
  57. declivity
    a downward slope or bend
    But Jack was pointing to the high declivities that led down from the mountain to the flatter part of the island.
  58. flail
    an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
    Now the forest stirred, roared, flailed.
  59. amplify
    increase the volume of
    He amplified.
  60. effulgence
    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
    With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence.
  61. formulate
    prepare according to a formula
    I suppose what's what is whether there are ghosts or not-"
    He thought for a moment, formulating the question.
  62. frustrate
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    Out of. this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger.
  63. exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
    There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled common-sense.
  64. babble
    utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
    Piggy babbled:
    "-a conch; ever so expensive.
  65. muddle
    make into a puddle
    Then he got muddled; the twins shook their heads and pointed at each other and the crowd laughed.
  66. giggle
    laugh nervously
    "So long as you don't tell the others-"
    Ralph giggled into the sand.
  67. generic
    applicable to an entire class or group
    The smaller boys were known now by the generic title of "littluns."
  68. baffle
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.
  69. interpreting
    an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
    Piggy knelt by him, one hand on the great shell, listening and interpreting to the assembly.
  70. opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    The opaque, mad look came into his eyes again.
  71. aromatic
    having a strong pleasant odor
    The bushes were dark evergreen and aromatic and the many buds were waxen green and folded up against the light.
  72. scurry
    to move about or proceed hurriedly
    Then the piglet tore loose from the creepers and scurried into the undergrowth.
  73. pucker
    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    His face puckered, the tears leapt from his eves, his mouth opened till they could see a square black hole.
  74. liberate
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
    He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.
  75. specious
    plausible but false
    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.
  76. outwit
    beat through cleverness and wit
    His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying
  77. sapling
    young tree
    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.
  78. subside
    sink to a lower level or form a depression
    His voice subsided to a mutter.
  79. interpose
    introduce
    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.
  80. fleck
    a small contrasting part of something
    Jack's face went so white that the freckles showed as clear, brown flecks.
  81. bounce
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    The stone, that token of preposterous time, bounced five yards to Henry's right and fell in the water.
  82. loll
    be lazy or idle
    Ralph lolled in the water.
  83. fiat
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
    Idly looking beyond the fire, he resettled the scattered rocks from their fiat shadows into daylight contours.
  84. mirage
    an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects
    Sleep enveloped him like the swathing mirages that were wrestling with the brilliance of the lagoon.
  85. pendant
    an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)
    Here was loop of creeper with a tendril pendant from a node.
  86. taut
    pulled or drawn tight
    Any day there may be a ship out there"-he waved his arm at the taut wire of the horizon-"and if we have a signal going they'll come and take us off.
  87. clarity
    free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression
    Jack drew up his legs, clasped his knees, and frowned in an effort to attain clarity.
  88. cube
    a hexahedron with six equal squares as faces
    Some unknown force had wrenched and shattered these cubes so that they lay askew, often piled diminishingly on each other.
  89. enormity
    the quality of extreme wickedness
    The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be.
  90. incredulity
    doubt about the truth of something
    Simon, walking in front of Ralph, felt a flicker of incredulity-a beast with claws that scratched, that sat on a mountain-top, that left no tracks and yet was not fast enough to catch Samneric.
  91. inarticulate
    without or deprived of the use of speech or words
    Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness.
  92. incantation
    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
    Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, lying in the long grass, was living through circumstances in which the incantation of his address was powerless to help him.
  93. gash
    cut open
    Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea.
  94. clout
    (boxing) a blow with the fist
    "And I-"
    Jack snatched from behind him a sizable sheath-knife and clouted it into a trunk.
  95. sniff
    perceive by inhaling through the nose
    He clowned badly, but Percival and the others noticed and sniffed and laughed.
  96. blurt
    utter impulsively
    You rub-"
    He glanced at Ralph, who blurted out the last confession of incompetence.
  97. errant
    straying from the right course or from accepted standards
    The noise of the errant assembly faded up the mountain.
  98. incursion
    the act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers)
    Perhaps food had appeared where at the last incursion there had been none; bird droppings, insects perhaps, any of the strewn detritus of landward life.
  99. apex
    the highest point (of something)
    Then, at the apex, the grass was thick again because no one sat there.
  100. blare
    make a loud noise
    The note Doomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before.
  101. tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    Jack nodded, as much for the sake of agreeing as anything, and by tacit consent they left the shelter and went toward the bathing pool.
  102. fitful
    occurring in spells and often abruptly
    Here the breeze was fitful and allowed the strings of the parachute to tangle and festoon; and the figure sat, its helmeted head between its knees, held by a complication of lines.
  103. bristle
    a stiff hair
    The circle of boys before him bristled with hunting spears.
  104. flaunt
    display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
    A great tree, fallen across one comer, leaned against the trees that still stood arid a rapid climber flaunted red and yellow sprays right to the top.
  105. engulf
    flow over or cover completely
    A moment later he was battling with the complex undergrowth that was already engulfing the scar.
  106. trek
    any long and difficult trip
    "And then," said Jack, "when I've had a bathe and something to eat, I'll just trek over to the other side of the mountain and see if I can see any traces.
  107. unearthly
    suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
    Then the wail rose, remote and unearthly, and turned to an inarticulate gibbering.
  108. tusk
    a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog
    The conch was silent, a gleaming tusk; Ralph's face was dark with breathlessness and the air over the island was full of bird-clamor and echoes ringing.
  109. appropriately
    in an appropriate manner
    They waited for an appropriately decent answer.
  110. vagrant
    a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
    He poked about with a bit of stick, that itself was wave-worn and whitened and a vagrant, and tried to control the motions of the scavengers.
  111. savor
    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
    Eyes shining, mouths open, triumphant, they savored the right of domination.
  112. bastion
    projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
    On either side rocks, cliffs, treetops and a steep slope: forward there, the length of the boat, a tamer descent, tree-clad, with hints of pink: and then the jungly flat of the island, dense green, but drawn at the end to a pink tail There, where the isla
  113. rapt
    feeling great rapture or delight
    They'll Be up there-they must, when the sun's too hot-"
    Ralph gazed bewildered at his rapt face.
    "-they get up high.
  114. furtive
    secret and sly or sordid
    There was a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy.
  115. upheaval
    a violent disturbance
    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.
  116. decorum
    propriety in manners and conduct
    That was from Piggy, shocked out of decorum.
  117. effigy
    a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
    At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
  118. inscrutable
    of an obscure nature
    Jack lifted his head and stared at the inscrutable masses of creeper that lay across the trail.
  119. revolve
    turn on or around an axis or a center
    The dispersed figures had come together on the sand and were a dense black mass that revolved.
  120. grimace
    contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
    He noticed blood on his hands and grimaced distastefully, looked for something on which to clean them, then wiped them on his shorts and laughed.
  121. flinch
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    The two older boys flinched when they heard the shameful syllable.
  122. balm
    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
    Of all the boys, he was the most at home there; but today, irked by the mention of rescue, the useless, footling mention of rescue, even the green depths of water and the shattered, golden sun held no balm.
  123. jagged
    having a sharply uneven surface or outline
    The fair boy reached out and touched the jagged end of a trunk.
  124. incredulous
    not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
    They were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication.
  125. elevate
    raise from a lower to a higher position
    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
  126. shaky
    vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze
    Two shelters were in position, but shaky.
  127. disperse
    move away from each other
    Ralph looked back at the dispersing smoke on the horizon, then up at the mountain.
  128. assess
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
    He closed his eyes, raised his head and breathed in gently with flared nostrils, assessing the current of warm air for information.
  129. arid
    lacking sufficient water or rainfall
    A great tree, fallen across one comer, leaned against the trees that still stood arid a rapid climber flaunted red and yellow sprays right to the top.
  130. speculate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    Their heads clustered above the trunks in the green shade; heads brown, fair, black, chestnut, sandy, mouse-colored; heads muttering, whispering, heads full of eyes that watched Ralph and speculated.
  131. vicissitude
    a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something
    Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day's hunting.
  132. spat
    a quarrel about petty points
    "He kind of spat," said Piggy.
  133. flick
    throw or toss with a quick motion
    A school of tiny, glittering fish flicked hither and thither.
  134. uneven
    (of a contest or contestants) not fairly matched as opponents
    The gutted carcass of a pig swung from the stake, swinging heavily as the twins toiled over the uneven ground.
  135. defile
    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
    The boys chose their way through defiles and over heaps of sharp stone.
  136. shimmer
    shine with a weak or fitful light
    Ralph stood, one hand against a grey trunk, and screwed up his eyes against the shimmering water.
  137. stumble
    miss a step and fall or nearly fall
    Stumbling about among all those creepers."
  138. acclaim
    enthusiastic approval
    Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself.
  139. funnel
    a conically shaped utensil having a narrow tube at the small end; used to channel the flow of substances into a container with a small mouth
    Beneath the smoke was a dot that might be a funnel.
  140. mimic
    imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
    Just you wait-"
    Jack mimicked the whine and scramble.
  141. diminishing
    becoming smaller or less or appearing to do so
    Side by side they scaled the last height to where the diminishing pile was crowned by the last broken rock.
  142. loiter
    be about
    The great rock loitered, poised on one toe, decided not to return, moved through the air, fell, struck, turned over, leapt droning through the air and smashed a deep hole in the canopy of the forest.
  143. parody
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
    Piggy and the parody were so funny that the hunters began to laugh.
  144. context
    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
    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.
  145. ineffectual
    not producing an intended effect
    Piggy tiptoed to the triangle, his ineffectual protest made, and joined the others.
  146. cant
    a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force
    You cant hunt, you can't sing-"
    "I'm chief.
  147. interminable
    tiresomely long; seemingly without end
    An interminable dawn faded the stars out, and at last light, sad and grey, filtered into the shelter.
  148. timidity
    fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
    We might have gone home-"
    This was too bitter for Piggy, who forgot his timidity in the agony of his loss.
  149. laboring
    doing arduous or unpleasant work
    Below them, boys were still laboring, though some of the small ones had lost interest and were searching this new forest for fruit.
  150. glossy
    reflecting light
    Ralph moved the lenses back and forth, this way and that, till a glossy white image of the declining sun lay on a piece of rotten wood.
  151. drone
    an unchanging intonation
    The great rock loitered, poised on one toe, decided not to return, moved through the air, fell, struck, turned over, leapt droning through the air and smashed a deep hole in the canopy of the forest.
  152. momentum
    the product of a body's mass and its velocity
    Toward noon, as the floods of light fell more nearly to the perpendicular, the stark colors of the morning were smoothed in pearl and opalescence; and the heat-as though the impending sun's height gave it momentum- became a blow that they ducked, r
  153. carcass
    the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food
    The gutted carcass of a pig swung from the stake, swinging heavily as the twins toiled over the uneven ground.
  154. gaudy
    tastelessly showy
    Only when Jack himself roused a gaudy bird from a primitive nest of sticks was the silence shattered and echoes set ringing by a harsh cry that seemed to come out of the abyss of ages.
  155. stupendous
    so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
    His face was dark with the violent pleasure of making this stupendous noise, and his heart was making the stretched shirt shake.
  156. preposterous
    incongruous;inviting ridicule
    The stone, that token of preposterous time, bounced five yards to Henry's right and fell in the water.
  157. antagonism
    an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
    Now the antagonism was audible.
  158. midday
    the middle of the day
    Strange things happened at midday.
  159. liberated
    free from traditional social restraints
    He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.
  160. domination
    power to dominate or defeat
    Eyes shining, mouths open, triumphant, they savored the right of domination.
  161. wrest
    obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
    He wrested the conch from someone and sat down breathlessly.
  162. gull
    mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
    Evening was advancing toward the island; the sounds of the bright fantastic birds, the bee-sounds, even the crying of the gulls that were returning to their roosts among the square rocks, were fainter.
  163. impenetrable
    not admitting of penetration or passage into or through
    On their left was at. impenetrable tangle of creepers and trees.
  164. subdue
    put down by force or intimidation
    Those who were aware that a ship had passed the island while the fire was out were subdued by the thought of Ralph's anger; while those, including the littluns who did not know, were impressed by the general air of solemnity.
  165. sleek
    having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
    Instead of remaining and playing, he swam with steady strokes under Simon and crawled out of the other side of the pool to lie there, sleek and streaming like a seal.
  166. barb
    a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
    I've got to get a barb on this spear!
  167. slacken
    become slow or slower
    Then, each time me wind dropped, the lines would slacken and the figure bow forward again, sinking its head between its knees.
  168. lagoon
    a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef of sand or coral
    The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.
  169. tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    "Them fruit," he said, "I expect-"
    He put on his glasses, waded away from Ralph, and crouched down among the tangled foliage.
  170. decrease
    a change downward
    The slope of the bars of honey-colored sunlight decreased; they slid up the bushes, passed over the green candle-like buds, moved up toward tile canopy, and darkness thickened under the trees.
  171. badge
    an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.)
    There were badges, mottoes even, stripes of color in stockings and pullovers.
  172. clamber
    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    He was clambering heavily among the creepers and broken trunks when a bird, a vision of red and yellow, flashed upwards with a witch-like cry; and this cry was echoed by another.
  173. boulder
    a large smooth mass of rock detached from its place of origin
    Yard by yard, puff by puff, the breeze hauled the figure through the blue flowers, over the boulders and red stones, till it lay huddled among the shattered rocks of the mountain-top.
  174. jeer
    laugh at with contempt and derision
    A sound, half-laugh, half- jeer, rose among the seated boys.
  175. totter
    move without being stable, as if threatening to fall
    The rock of the cliff was split and the top littered with great lumps that seemed to totter.
  176. audible
    heard or perceptible by the ear
    Now the antagonism was audible.
  177. gape
    look with amazement; look stupidly
    He gaped at them for a moment, then swayed and sat down.
  178. clamor
    utter or proclaim insistently and noisily
    The conch was silent, a gleaming tusk; Ralph's face was dark with breathlessness and the air over the island was full of bird- clamor and echoes ringing.
  179. reversed
    turned about in order or relation
    In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy.
  180. tangled
    in a confused mass
    "Them fruit," he said, "I expect-"
    He put on his glasses, waded away from Ralph, and crouched down among the tangled foliage.
  181. surmount
    get on top of; deal with successfully
    The most usual feature of the rock was a pink cliff surmounted by a skewed block; and that again surmounted, and that again, till the pinkness became a stack of balanced rock projecting through the looped fantasy of the forest creepers.
  182. squat
    sit on one's heels
    Meanwhile Ralph continued to blow till voices shouted in the forest The small boy squatted in front of Ralph, looking up brightly and vertically.
  183. adjusted
    altered to accommodate to certain requirements or bring into a proper relation
    He smeared the sweat from his cheeks and quickly adjusted the spectacles on his nose.
  184. underlie
    lie underneath
  185. perspective
    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
    The beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin stick, endless apparently, for to Ralph's left the perspectives of palm and beach and water drew to a point at infinity; and always, almost visible, was the heat.
  186. glimmer
    a flash of light (especially reflected light)
    The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers glimmering under the light that pricked down from the first stars.
  187. discard
    anything that is cast aside or discarded
    The choir, noticeably less of a group, had discarded their cloaks.
  188. enduring
    unceasing
    He trotted through the sand, enduring the sun's enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes.
  189. poke
    hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
    He tore out the stem and began to poke about in the water, while the brilliant fish flicked away on this side and that.
  190. fringe
    an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels
    Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea.
  191. rotten
    having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness
    Most of the wood was so rotten that when they pulled it broke up into a shower of fragments and woodlice and decay; but some trunks came out in one piece.
  192. envelop
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
    Sleep enveloped him like the swathing mirages that were wrestling with the brilliance of the lagoon.
  193. glisten
    be shiny, as if wet
    He didn't blow the white stones, of course, an` he said-"
    Piggy paused for breath and stroked the glistening thing that lay in Ralph's hands.
  194. concentration
    the spatial property of being crowded together
    An expression of pain and inward concentration altered the pale contours of his face.