a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this
proffer of acquaintance was not made; the fair boy called Ralph smiled vaguely, stood up, and began to make his way once more toward the lagoon.
a violent disturbance
The ground beneath them was a bank covered with coarse grass, torn everywhere by the
upheavals of fallen trees, scattered with decaying coconuts and palm saplings.
having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
He was old enough, twelve years and a few months, to have lost the
prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence to have made him awkward.
fearful expectation or anticipation
Piggy clasped his hands in
the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
It was clear to the bottom and bright with the
efflorescence of tropical weed and coral.
Ralph had been deceived before now by the
specious appearance of depth in a beach pool and he approached this one preparing to be disappointed.
be lazy or idle
lolled in the water.
wrap in or as if in strips of cloth
Sleep enveloped him like the
swathing mirages that were wrestling with the brilliance of the lagoon.
the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding
a state of deep-seated ill-will
He trotted through the sand, enduring the sun's
enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes.
characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste
Suddenly Piggy was a-bubble with
be or come between
The shell was interesting and pretty and a worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still
interposed between him and Piggy, who in this context was an irrelevance.
raise in a relief
Between the point, worn away into a little hole, and the pink lips of the mouth, lay eighteen inches of shell with a slight spiral twist and covered with a delicate,
unpleasantly loud and harsh
The note boomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a
strident blare more penetrating than before.
not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
They were twins, and the eye was shocked and
incredulous at such cheery duplication.
secret and sly or sordid
There was a slight,
furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy.
strong feelings of embarrassment
Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a blush of
unnatural lack of color
Now that the
pallor of his faint was over, he was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and coarse.
capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like
lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult moment, Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others.
without respect; in a disdainful manner
"Green candles," said Jack
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
There came a pause, a
hiatus, the pig continued to scream and the creepers to jerk, and the blade continued to flash at the end of a bony arm.
straying from the right course or from accepted standards
The noise of the
errant assembly faded up the mountain.
eager enjoyment or approval
Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless
ebullience of the children, he picked up the conch, turned toward the forest, and began to pick his way over the tumbled scar.
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
There was pushing and pulling and
His voice lifted into the whine of virtuous
decorate with strings of flowers
Smoke was rising here and there among the creepers that
festooned the dead or dying trees.
jump about playfully
capering boys a quarter of a mile square of forest was savage with smoke and flame.
a variation in circumstances or fortune
Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the
vicissitudes of a day's hunting.
feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
contrite face appeared in the hole.
a state of deep-seated ill-will
antagonism was audible.
feeling great delight and interest
Ralph gazed bewildered at his
implied by or inferred from actions or statements
Jack nodded, as much for the sake of agreeing as anything, and by
tacit consent they left the shelter and went toward the bathing pool.
an indistinct sound, as of whispering or rustling
The deep sea breaking miles away on the reef made an undertone less perceptible than the
susurration of the blood.
produced or growing in extreme abundance
With the fading of the light the
riotous colors died and the heat and urgency cooled away.