"Lord of the Flies," Vocabulary from Chapters 7-9

The strong dominate and humiliate the weak as William Golding paints a portrait of children trying to establish their own society after they are marooned on an island in "Lord of The Flies."

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

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  1. wallow
    an indolent or clumsy rolling about
    He would like to have a bath, a proper wallow with soap.
  2. sufficient
    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.
  3. flounder
    walk with great difficulty
    The boar was floundering away from them.
  4. brandish
    exhibit aggressively
    Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife.
  5. rueful
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    He rubbed his rump ruefully.
  6. clamber
    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.
  7. crestfallen
    brought low in spirit
    "I don't remember this cliff," said Jack, crestfallen, "so this must be the bit of the coast I missed."
  8. impervious
    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.
  9. bravado
    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.
  10. tremulous
    quivering as from weakness or fear
    Jack's voice went on, tremulous yet determined, pushing against the uncooperative silence.
  11. rebuke
    censure severely or angrily
    Piggy gave up the attempt to rebuke Ralph.
  12. incomprehension
    an inability to understand
    Simon broke off and turned to Piggy who was looking at him with an expression of derisive incomprehension.
  13. sanctity
    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.
  14. sodden
    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 sodden powder.
  15. laden
    filled with a great quantity
    They were laden with fruit.
  16. demure
    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.
  17. fervor
    feelings of great warmth and intensity
    If Jack was astonished by their fervor he did not show it.
  18. illusive
    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.
  19. alight
    settle or come to rest
    Gorged, they alighted by his runnels of sweat and drank.
  20. iridescent
    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.
  21. vexed
    troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
    He was vexed to find how little he thought like a grownup and sighed again.
  22. solemnly
    in a grave and sedate manner
    The littluns sat, solemnly thinking of meat, and dribbling.
  23. derision
    contemptuous laughter
    Piggy once more was the center of social derision so that everyone felt cheerful and normal.
  24. phosphorescence
    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.
  25. steadfast
    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.

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