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Chapter One - Lord of the Flies SUMMARY The novel opens with a twelve-year-old boy, Ralph, picking his way through an area of devastated jungle. Presently he hears a voice calling to him and another boy scrambles out of the undergrowth to join him. This boy is similar in age to Ralph, however the similarities end there. Ralph is fair and attractive, with a boxer's physique, in sharp contrast to his new companion, who is stumpy, bespectacled, very fat, and asthmatic. From their talk we learn that they are evacuees from an atomic war, and have escaped from the passenger tube dropped onto the jungle by an aircraft which was under attack and fire. Ralph na�vely supposes the pilot will return, but the fat boy knows better, and is alarmed by the realisation that no adults have survived. The same realisation excites Ralph in contrast. We learn that Ralph is middle-class in speech, background and manner. ...read more.


Their leader is called Jack Merridew. He is indifferent to one of his choristers, Simon, who faints, and hostile to Piggy, whom he calls Fatty. Ralph wins popularity by revealing Piggy's nickname, but then makes the serious suggestion that they need a chief. Ralph is voted for by the majority, over Jack who's supporters vote with "dreary obedience". In a gesture of goodwill, Ralph tells Jack he can keep the choir, and Jack immediately announces they will be an army of hunters. Ralph, Jack and Simon explore the surroundings to see if they are on an island, while Piggy is left alone. Ralph now realises he has hurt Piggy, who is instructed to check the names of the survivors. The three boys are excited as they make their way through the jungle, discovering animal tracks and laughing and shouting with the joy of explorers. They climb onto a great rock to discover they are indeed on an island. ...read more.


He tried to be offhand and not too obviously uninterested. "The delight of realised ambition overcame him..he stood on this head and grinned at the fat boy" "There was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil". "Bright, excited eyes". "Ralph shrieked with laughter. He jumped up and down. "Ralph, looking with more understanding at Piggy, saw that he was hurt and crushed". Jack "Inside the floating clock he was tall, thin, and bony: and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger". "Intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew's voice" "This was the voice of one who knew his own mind". "Shut up, Fatty". "I ought to be chief, said Jack with simple arrogance". "Jack drew his knife again with a flourish". "Next time there would be no mercy. He looked round fiercely, daring them to contradict". ...read more.

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