judge to be probable
He had reckoned, during the terrible night, on finding at least some of the tribe holding out against the horrors of the island in the safest place.
Sitting on the tremendous rocks in the torrid sun, Roger received this news as an illumination.
take up mentally
He ceased to work at his tooth and sat still, assimilating the possibilities of irresponsible authority.
characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
The chief was vague but earnest.
cause to lose courage
Half-relieved, half-daunted by the implication of further terrors, the savages murmured again.
a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)
"Perhaps," said the chief. A theological speculation presented itself. "We'd better keep on the right side of him, anyhow.
lacking grace in movement or posture
Ralph remembered the ungainly figure on a parachute.
an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence
Then, at the moment of greatest passion and conviction, that curtain flapped in his head and he forgot what he had been driving at.
heard or perceptible by the ear
Dark figures drew themselves out of the wreckage and flitted away, till the screams of the littluns and Piggy's gasps were once more audible.
(ophthalmology) eyesight abnormality resulting from the eye's faulty refractive ability; distant objects appear blurred
The twins watched anxiously and Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia.
too numerous to be counted
There was silence, except for the multitudinous murmur of the bees.
be unsure or weak
The tribe of painted savages giggled and Ralph's mind faltered.
The twins, puzzled, looked at each other; while Piggy, reassured by the cessation of violence, stood up carefully.
a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell.
An inquisitive ant was busy in one of the eye sockets but otherwise the thing was lifeless.
strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"
He rubbed his cheek along his forearm, smelling the acrid scent of salt and sweat and the staleness of dirt.
To carry he must speak louder; and this would rouse those striped and inimical creatures from their feasting by the fire.
prevent the progress or free movement of
The stick that had supported a skull hampered him but he would not be parted from his only weapon.
make an effort or attempt
He wagged his spear and essayed fierceness.
a long loud emotional utterance
Eric raised his head and achieved a faint ululation by beating on his open mouth.
At first light he would creep into the thicket, squeeze between the twisted stems, ensconce himself so deep that only a crawler like himself could come through, and that crawler would be jabbed.
a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing
There he would sit, and the search would pass him by, and the cordon waver on, ululating along the island, and he would be free.
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
A naval officer stood on the sand, looking down at Ralph in wary astonishment.
swell from or as if from internal pressure
Other boys were appearing now, tiny tots some of them, brown, with the distended bellies of small savages.
lasting for a markedly brief time
For a moment he had a fleeting picture of the strange glamour that had once invested the beaches.