"Lord of the Flies," Vocabulary from Chapters 10-12

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. reckon
    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.
  2. torrid
    extremely hot
    Sitting on the tremendous rocks in the torrid sun, Roger received this news as an illumination.
  3. assimilate
    take up mentally
    He ceased to work at his tooth and sat still, assimilating the possibilities of irresponsible authority.
  4. earnest
    characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
    The chief was vague but earnest.
  5. daunt
    cause to lose courage
    Half-relieved, half- daunted by the implication of further terrors, the savages murmured again.
  6. speculation
    a hypothesis that has been formed by conjecturing
    "Perhaps," said the chief. A theological speculation presented itself. "We'd better keep on the right side of him, anyhow.
  7. ungainly
    lacking grace in movement or posture
    Ralph remembered the ungainly figure on a parachute.
  8. conviction
    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof
    Then, at the moment of greatest passion and conviction, that curtain flapped in his head and he forgot what he had been driving at.
  9. audible
    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.
  10. myopia
    eyesight abnormality in which distant objects appear blurred
    The twins watched anxiously and Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia.
  11. multitudinous
    too numerous to be counted
    There was silence, except for the multitudinous murmur of the bees.
  12. falter
    be or become weak, unsteady, or uncertain
    The tribe of painted savages giggled and Ralph's mind faltered.
  13. cessation
    a stopping
    The twins, puzzled, looked at each other; while Piggy, reassured by the cessation of violence, stood up carefully.
  14. talisman
    a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
    By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell.
  15. inquisitive
    showing curiosity
    An inquisitive ant was busy in one of the eye sockets but otherwise the thing was lifeless.
  16. acrid
    strong and sharp, as a taste
    He rubbed his cheek along his forearm, smelling the acrid scent of salt and sweat and the staleness of dirt.
  17. inimical
    not friendly
    To carry he must speak louder; and this would rouse those striped and inimical creatures from their feasting by the fire.
  18. hamper
    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.
  19. essay
    make an effort or attempt
    He wagged his spear and essayed fierceness.
  20. ululation
    a long, loud, emotional howl or cry
    Eric raised his head and achieved a faint ululation by beating on his open mouth.
  21. ensconce
    fix firmly
    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.
  22. cordon
    a series of sentinels or posts enclosing 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.
  23. wary
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
    A naval officer stood on the sand, looking down at Ralph in wary astonishment.
  24. distend
    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.
  25. fleeting
    lasting for a markedly brief time
    For a moment he had a fleeting picture of the strange glamour that had once invested the beaches.

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