fraught with uncertainty or doubt
The decrease in size, from Ralph down, was gradual; and though there was a
dubious region inhabited by Simon and Robert and Maurice, nevertheless no one had any difficulty in recognizing biguns at one end and littluns at the other.
hostile or warlike attitude or nature
Percival was mouse-colored and had not been very attractive even to his mother; Johnny was well built, with fair hair and a natural
a rebuke for making a mistake
In his other life Maurice had received
chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand.
not perceptible to the touch
impalpable organs of sense they examined this new field.
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.
too numerous to be counted
myriad of tiny teeth in a saw, the transparencies came scavenging over the beach.
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.
fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and
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
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.
worn away or tattered along the edges
This wind pressed his grey shirt against his chest so that he noticed-in this new mood of comprehension-how the folds were stiff like cardboard, and unpleasant; noticed too how the
frayed edges of his shorts were making an uncomfortable, pink area on the front of his thighs.
a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
Ralph felt a kind of affectionate
reverence for the conch, even though he had fished the thing out of the lagoon himself.
angered at something unjust or wrong
"I got the conch!" said Piggy indignantly. "Ralph--they ought to shut up, oughtn't they?
quieted and brought under control
The assembly murmured in
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.
show, express or direct through movement
In a moment the platform was full of arguing,
fraught with danger
Simon felt a
perilous necessity to speak; but to speak in assembly was a terrible thing to him.
without or deprived of the use of speech or words
inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness.
characterized by violent emotions or behavior
A shadow fronted him
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.
tiresomely long; seemingly without end
interminable dawn faded the stars out, and at last light, sad and grey, filtered into the shelter.
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.
monstrous sea creature symbolizing evil in the Old Testament
Then the sleeping
leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar.
joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
"One heave," cried Jack,
disposed to or in a state of mutiny
Mutinously, the boys fell silent or muttering.