an indolent or clumsy rolling about
He would like to have a bath, a proper
wallow with soap.
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement
The hunters sat, stuffing themselves with this easy meal, trying to convince themselves that they got
sufficient kick out of bananas and that other olive-grey, jelly-like fruit.
walk with great difficulty
The boar was
floundering away from them.
Jack had him by the hair and was
brandishing his knife.
feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
He rubbed his rump ruefully.
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
Here and there they could
clamber over wave-wet rock, leaping across clear pools that the tide had left.
brought low in spirit
"I don't remember this cliff," said Jack,
crestfallen, "so this must be the bit of the coast I missed."
not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
So they sat, the rocking, tapping,
impervious Roger and Ralph, fuming; round them the close sky was loaded with stars, save where the mountain punched up a hole of blackness.
a swaggering show of courage
Ralph surprised himself, not so much by the quality of his voice, which was even, but by the
bravado of its intention.
quivering as from weakness or fear
Jack's voice went on,
tremulous yet determined, pushing against the uncooperative silence.
censure severely or angrily
Piggy gave up the attempt to
an inability to understand
Simon broke off and turned to Piggy who was looking at him with an expression of derisive
the quality of being holy
The wood he fetched was close at hand, a fallen tree on the platform that they did not need for the assembly, yet to the others the
sanctity of the platform had protected even what was useless there.
wet through and through; thoroughly wet
Much of it was damply rotten and full of insects that scurried; logs had to be lined from the soil with care or they crumbled into
filled with a great quantity
laden with fruit.
shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way
Each of them wore the remains of a black cap and ages ago they had stood in two
demure rows and their voices had been the song of angels.
feelings of great warmth and intensity
If Jack was astonished by their
fervor he did not show it.
based on or having the nature of a fantasy
There were no shadows under the trees but everywhere a pearly stillness, so that what was real seemed
illusive and without definition.
settle or come to rest
alighted by his runnels of sweat and drank.
varying in color when seen in different lights
They were black and
iridescent green and without number; and in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned.
troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
vexed to find how little he thought like a grownup and sighed again.
in a grave and sedate manner
The littluns sat,
solemnly thinking of meat, and dribbling.
Piggy once more was the center of social
derision so that everyone felt cheerful and normal.
a fluorescence that persists after radiation has ceased
The edge of the lagoon became a streak of
phosphorescence which advanced minutely, as the great wave of the tide flowed.
marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the
steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea.