Quotations from Lord of the Flies
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Piggy and Ralph, chapter 1
"Aren't there any grownups at all?"
"I don't think so."
The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy.
Ralph and Jack, chapter 1
"Jack's in charge of the choir. They can be—what do you want them to be?"
Simon, chapter 1
When _____ mentioned his hunger the others became aware of theirs.
PIggy, chapter 1
"We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us—"
Jack, chapter 1
"He's always throwing a faint,"said Merridew. "He did in Gib.; and Addis; and at matins over the precentor."
Piggy and Ralph, chapter 2
"He says he saw the beastie, the snake-thing, and will it come back tonight?"
"But there isn't a beastie!"
The little boys, chapter 2
A tree exploded in the fire like a bomb. Tall swathes of creepers rose for a moment into view, agonized, and went down again. The little boys screamed at them.
"Snakes! Snakes! Look at the snakes!"
Ralph, chapter 2
"So we may be here a long time."
Nobody said anything. He grinned suddenly.
"But this is a good island. We-Jack, Simon and me- we climbed the mountain. It's wizard. There's food and drink, and-"
Jack, chapter 2
"We'll have rules!" he cried excitedly. "Lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks 'em-"....
"There's pigs," he said. "There's food; and bathing water in that little stream along there-and everything. Didn't anyone find anything else?"
Ralph, chapter 3
Two shelters were in position, but shaky. This one was a ruin.
"And they keep running off. You remember the meeting? How everyone
was going to work hard until the shelters were finished?"
Ralph and Jack, chapter 3
"You wouldn't care to help with the shelters, I suppose?"
"We want meat—"
"And we don't get it."
Now the antagonism was audible.
Simon, chapter 3
"They talk and scream. The littluns. Even some of the others. As if—"
"As if it wasn't a good island."
Astonished at the interruption, they looked up at _____'s serious face.
"As if," said _____, "the beastie, the beastie or the snake-thing, was real. Remember?"
Jack and the choristers, chapter 4
"Kill the pig! Cut her throat! Spill the blood!"
Roger, chapter 4
(Whose behavior is the narrator describing?)
Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.
Jack, chapter 4
His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.
Piggy, chapter 4
"I've been thinking," he said, "about a clock. We could make a sundial. We could put a stick in the sand, and then—"
Ralph, chapter 4
"You could have had everyone when the shelters were finished. But you had to hunt—"
Simon, chapter 5
What I mean is... Maybe it's only us...
Piggy, chapter 5
I know there isn't no beast—not with claws and all that, I mean—but I know there isn't no fear, either....Unless we get frightened of people."
Ralph, chapter 5
_____ moved impatiently. The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise. And then the occasion slipped by so that you had to grab at a decision. This made you think; because thought was
a valuable thing, that got results.
Only, decided _____ as he faced the chief's seat, I can't think. Not like Piggy.
Jack, chapter 5
"So this is a meeting to find out what's what. I'll tell you what's what. You littluns started all this, with the fear talk. Beasts! Where from? Of course we're frightened sometimes but we put up with being frightened."
Jack, chapter 8
The spear moved forward inch by inch and the terrified squealing became a high-pitched scream. Then _____ found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands.
The Lord of the Flies talking to Simon, chapter 8
There isn't anyone to help you. Only me....You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are the way they are?
Jack or Ralph, chapter 6
"And another thing. You can't have an ordinary hunt because the beast doesn't leave tracks. If it did you'd have seen them. For all we know, the beast may swing through the trees like what's its name."
Piggy, chapter 6
"I mean—how about us? Suppose the beast comes when you're all
away. I can't see proper, and if I get scared—"
Jack, chapter 6
"Conch! Conch!...We don't need the conch any more.
We know who ought to say things. What good did Simon do speaking, or JBill, or Walter? It's time some people knew they've got to keep quiet and
leave deciding things to the rest of us."
Simon, chapter 6
"I don't believe in the beast."
Simon, chapter 7
"No, I'm not [batty]. I just you'll get back all right."
Jack, chapter 7
The ground was turned over near the pig-run and there were droppings that steamed. ____ bent down to them as though he loved them
Ralph, chapter 7
"I hit him! The spear stuck in—"
Ralph, chapter 8
"The beast had teeth," said _____, "and big black eyes."
Piggy, chapter 8
"Now you done it. You been rude about his hunters."
Jack, chapter 8
"The beast is a hunter. Only— shut up! The next thing is that we couldn't kill it. And the next is that Ralph said my hunters are no good."
Simon, chapter 8
"I thought there might be something to do. Something we—"
Again the pressure of the assembly took his voice away. He sought for help and sympathy and chose Piggy. He turned half toward him, clutching the conch to his brown chest. "I think we ought to climb the mountain."
Jack, chapter 9
"[T]he conch doesn't count at this end of the island—"
Simon, chapter 9
The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise something about a body on the hill.
Piggy, chapter 9
"Come away. There's going to be trouble. And we've had our meat."
Ralph, chapter 9
"Going to be a storm."
Ralph, chapter 10
"That was murder."
Piggy, chapter 10
"It was dark. There was that—that bloody dance. There was lightning and thunder and rain. We was scared!"
Jack, chapter 10
"Some of you will stay here to improve the cave and defend the gate. I shall take a few hunters with me and bring back meat. The defenders of the gate will see that the others don't sneak in."
Ralph, chapter 11
"Don't you understand, you painted fools? Sam, Eric, Piggy and me—we aren't enough. We tried to keep the fire going, but we couldn't. And then you, playing at hunting. . . ."
Piggy, chapter 11
"I got this to say. You're acting like a crowd of kids." The booing rose and died again as _____ lifted the white, magic shell.
Jack, chapter 11
"See? See? That's what you'll get! I meant that! There isn't a tribe for you any more! The conch is gone—"
Ralph, chapter 12
"But I've done nothing. I only wanted to
keep up a fire!"
Naval officer, chapter 12
"We saw your smoke. What have you been doing? Having a war or something?"
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