"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, Chapters 4-6

When they are marooned on a deserted island, a group of schoolboys attempts to form a new society.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-12

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  1. dubious
    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.
  2. belligerence
    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 belligerence.
  3. chastisement
    a rebuke for making a mistake
    In his other life Maurice had received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand.
  4. impalpable
    not perceptible to the touch
    With impalpable organs of sense they examined this new field.
  5. incursion
    the act of entering some territory or domain
    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.
  6. myriad
    too numerous to be counted
    Like a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw, the transparencies came scavenging over the beach.
  7. vagrant
    a wanderer with no established residence or 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.
  8. appall
    fill with apprehension or alarm
    Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them.
  9. balm
    preparation applied externally as a remedy or for soothing
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. frayed
    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.
  12. reverence
    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.
  13. indignant
    angered at something unjust or wrong
    "I got the conch!" said Piggy indignantly. "Ralph--they ought to shut up, oughtn't they?
  14. subdued
    quieted and brought under control
    The assembly murmured in subdued agreement.
  15. effigy
    a representation of a person
    At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
  16. gesticulate
    show, express, or direct through movement
    In a moment the platform was full of arguing, gesticulating shadows.
  17. perilous
    fraught with danger
    Simon felt a perilous necessity to speak; but to speak in assembly was a terrible thing to him.
  18. inarticulate
    without or deprived of the use of speech or words
    Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness.
  19. tempestuous
    characterized by violent emotions or behavior
    A shadow fronted him tempestuously.
  20. incantation
    a ritual reciting of words 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.
  21. interminable
    tiresomely long; seemingly without end
    An interminable dawn faded the stars out, and at last light, sad and grey, filtered into the shelter.
  22. embroil
    force into some kind of situation or course of action
    Piggy, finding himself uncomfortably embroiled, slid the conch to Ralph's knees and sat down.
  23. leviathan
    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.
  24. exulting
    joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
    "One heave," cried Jack, exulting, "and-wheee-!"
  25. mutinous
    disposed to or in a state of open rebellion
    Mutinously, the boys fell silent or muttering.

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