Lord of the Flies - Ralph

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  • Lord of the Flies - Ralph
    • Chapter 2
      • "We want to be rescued; and of course we shall be rescued."
      • 'We must make a fire.'
        • 'Ralph was left, holding the conch, with no one but Piggy.'
        • 'Ralph and Jack looked at each other while society paused about them'
      • 'We ought to have more rules.'
    • Chapter 3
      • 'Meetings. Don't we love meetings? Every day. Twice a day. We talk.'
      • '...we've [Ralph and Simon] worked dashed hard'
      • 'As if this wasn't a good island'
      • 'The best thing we can do is get ourselves rescued.'
      • 'He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.'
    • Chapter 4
      • 'They [the littluns'] obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority'
      • 'Of all the boys, he was the most at home there'
      • 'Ralph continued to watch the ship, ravenously.'
      • 'he was using precious breath to swear.'
      • 'He did desperate violence to his naked body... so that blood was sliding over him.'
      • 'Ralph blundered on, savaging himself'
      • Ralph reached inside himself for the worst word he knew. "They let the bloody fire out."'
      • 'His voice was loud and savage, and struck them into silence.'
      • 'I was chief; and you were going to do what I said.'
      • 'Ralph said no more, did nothing, stood looking down at the ashes round his feet.'
      • 'Ralph went to Piggy and took the glasses from him.'
      • 'Not even Ralph knew how a link between him and Jack had been snapped and fastened elsewhere.'
      • 'He accepted a piece of half-raw meat and gnawed it like a wolf.'
      • 'Ralph stood among the ashes of the signal fire, his hands full of meat, saying nothing.
      • Ralph watched them, envious and resentful.'
    • Chapter 5
      • 'He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life'
      • '...a considerable part of one's walking life was spent watching one's feet.'
      • 'This meeting must not be fun, but business.'
      • 'With a convulsion of the mind, Ralph discovered dirt and decay'
      • 'They made way for him silently'
      • 'If faces were different when lit from above or below - what was a face? What was anything?'
      • 'thought was a valuable thing, that got results....'
      • 'Ralph felt a kind of affectionate reverence for the conch'
      • "We have lots of assemblies. Everybody enjoys speaking and being together."
      • "We've got to make smoke up there - or die."
      • "Now I say this and make it a rule, because I'm chief."
      • "Things are breaking up"
      • 'A picture of three boys walking along the bright beach flitted through his mind.'
      • 'To Ralph, seated, this seemed the breaking-up of sanity.'
      • 'The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.'
      • 'we can't have proper assemblies if you don't stick to the rules.'
      • "Because the rules are the only thing we've got!"
      • "If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it... We'll be like animals."
      • "We're all drifting and things are going rotten. At home there was always a grown-up."
    • Chapter 6
      • "Course I'm frightened. Who wouldn't be?"
      • 'Under Ralph's direction...'
      • 'Ralph walked in the rear, thankful to have escaped responsibility for a time.'
      • 'Ralph dismissed Simon and returned to his personal hell.'
        • 'They would reach the castle some time; and the chief would have to go forward.'
      • 'Behind Ralph the tall grass had filled with silent hunters.'
      • "I'm chief. I'll go. Don't argue."
      • "This is a rotten place." (the castle)
      • "There's no signal now. Nothing to show."
      • 'A strange thing happened in his head. Something flittered there in front of his mind like a bat's wing, obscuring his idea. "Smoke."
      • "Jack... You can lead again."
    • Chapter 7
      • 'He pulled distastefully at his grey shirt and wondered whether he might undertake the adventure of washing it.'
      • 'He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut his hair...He would like to have a bath...with soap...a toothbrush...'
      • 'his nails... bitten down to the quick though he could not remember when he had restarted this habit nor any time when he indulged it.'
      • 'They were dirty... He discovered... that these were the conditions he took for normal now and that he did not mind.'
      • 'Jack was in charge of the hunt and there would be time to get to the mountain-'
      • 'Everything was all right; everything was good humoured and friendly.'
      • 'Ralph found he was able to measure the distance coldly and take aim.'
        • 'Ralph was full of fright and apprehension and pride. "I hit him! The spear stuck in-"'
      • '"I hit him..." He felt the need for witnesses.
      • 'He sunned himself in their new respect and felt that hunting was good after all.'
      • 'Ralph entered into the play'
      • 'Ralph... grabbed Eric's spear and jabbed at Robert with it.'
      • 'Ralph too was fighting... to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh.'
      • 'The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.'
      • 'Ralph heard the mockery and hated Jack.'
      • 'the inner voice of reason...made themselves heard.'
    • Chapter 8
      • 'So we can't have a signal fire....We're beaten.'
      • 'Ralph rose obediently' (after Jack had blown the conch)
      • "He isn't a proper chief." - Jack on Ralph
      • "There's no help. Piggy. Nothing to be done."
      • "We can do alright on our own can't we?"
      • 'He was vexed to find how little he thought like a grown-up'
      • "I'm scared."
      • "Supposing I got like the others - not caring. What'ud become of us?"
      • "what makes things break up like they do?"
      • 'He turned towards the platform, feeling the need for ritual.'
      • 'There was something he wanted to say; then the shutter had come down. "But the-"'
        • '...and looked at Piggy. "But the... oh... the fire! Of course, the fire!
      • "I'd like to put on war-paint and be a savage."
      • "The fire's the most important thing on the island, because, because-"
    • Chapter 9
      • "Bathing... that's the only thing to do."
      • 'Ralph and Piggy stayed a foot lower'
      • "I'm chief... because you chose me."
      • "And what about the fire? And I've got the conch-"
      • "I'll blow the conch... and call an assembly."
      • "Who's clever now? Where are your shelters?"
      • 'Piggy and Ralph... found themselves eager to take place in this demented but partly secure society."
        • 'They were glad to touch the brown backs of the fence that hemmed in the terror and made it governable.'
    • Chapter 10
      • 'after what had happened, Ralph remained unmistakably Ralph.'
      • 'Ralph sat down in the grass facing the chief's seat and the conch.'
      • 'He took the shell caressingly with both hands'
      • "You're still Chief" - Piggy to Ralph (uses capital 'C')
      • 'At last Ralph stopped. He was shivering.... "That was Simon.... That was murder."'
      • "I was- I don't know what I was."
      • 'Ralph, cradling the conch, rocked himself to and fro.'
      • "Didn't you see what we- what they did?"
        • 'There was loathing, and at the same time a kind of feverish excitement in his voice.'
      • "I'm frightened. Of us."
      • 'Ralph dredged in his fading knowledge of the world.'
      • 'The response was mechanical. "Sucks to your ass-mar."'
      • 'Ralph tried indignantly to remember. There was something good about fire.'
      • '"Anyone can play at hunting, anyone can get us meat-".... he forgot what he was driving at.'
      • 'Ralph settled himself for his nightly game of supposing...'
      • 'Dartmoor was wild...But the attraction of wilderness had gone.'
    • Chapter 11
      • '"Just an ordinary fire. You'd think we could do that, wouldn't you?"'
      • '"Are we savages or what?"'
      • '"They stole it. We'd have given them fire if they'd asked."'
      • '"Supposing we go, looking like we used to, washed and hair brushed - after all we aren't savages really and being rescued isn't a game."'
      • '"At last Ralph sat up straight and drew back his hair."'
      • '"We'll be like we were. We'll wash-"'
      • 'They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought."'
      • 'The twins were examining Ralph curiously, as though they were seeing him for the first time.'
      • '"You two [Samneric] follow behind. I'll go first, then Piggy a pace behind me."'
      • '"You can see who I am!... Stop being silly!"'
      • 'He put the conch to his lips and began to blow. Savages appeared, painted out of recognition.'
      • "I say! You voted for me for Chief."
      • "Thief! Thief!"
      • 'Their positions reversed, Jack towards the Castle Rock and Ralph on the outside towards the island.'
      • 'Ralph's mind faltered.'
      • "Don't you understand, you painted fools?"
      • 'He paused, defeated by the silence and the painted anonymity of the group guarding the entry.'
      • 'Ralph cried out hopelessly against the black and green mask.'
      • "You're [Jack] a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!"
      • 'Ralph turned and ran.'
    • Chapter 12
      • 'How could you be safe by the little stream or on the open beach?'
      • 'He had glimpsed one of them [hunters], striped brown, black and red, and had judged that it was Bill.' - still sees them as they were.
      • 'and for the first time since the morning felt hungry.'
      • 'there was that indefinable connection between himself and Jack'
        • 'he lashed and cried out in loathing...the skull lay in two pieces'
      • 'A spasm of terror set him shaking and he cried aloud. "No. They're not as bad as that. It was an accident."'
      • 'He saw two littluns and... wondered why they screamed and ran.'
      • 'he couldn't stay... in an empty shelter by deserted platform.'
      • 'No fire; no smoke; no rescue.'
      • 'he came to a clearing... Now it was a pool of shadows... he saw something standing in the centre... the pig's skull grinned at him...that gleamed as white as ever the conch had done.'
      • 'Might it not be possible to walk boldly into the fort, say - "I've got pax," laugh lightly and sleep among the others? Pretend they were still boys'
      • 'Lying there in the darkness, he knew he was an outcast.'
      • "What have I done? I liked him - and I wanted us to be rescued-"
      • "They're going to hunt you to-morrow" - Samneric to Ralph
      • "I only wanted to keep up a fire!"
      • 'He used all the bad words he could think of in a fit of temper that passed into yawning.'
      • 'Ralph whimpered and yawned like a littlun.'
      • 'One must remember to wake at first light, in order to diddle the savages'
      • 'He was awake before his eyes were open'
      • 'He felt the point of his spear with his thumb and grinned without amusement. Whoever tried that would be stuck, squealing like a pig.'
      • 'In panic, Ralph thrust his own stick through the crack and struck with all his might.'
      • 'He squatted back on his heels and showed his teeth at the wall of branches. He raised his spear, snarled a little, and waited.'
      • 'Ralph launched himself like a cat; stabbed, snarling, with the spear, and the savage doubled up.'
      • 'If only one had time to think!'
      • 'What was the sensible thing to do?'
      • 'He wondered if a pig would agree, and grimaced at nothing.'
      • 'The fools!... What would they eat tomorrow.'
      • 'What could they do? Beat him? So what? Kill him?'
      • 'Ralph was looking straight into the savage's eyes.'
      • 'Ralph screamed, a scream of fright and anger and desperation. His legs straightened, the screams became continuous and foaming. He shot forward.... was in the open screaming, snarling, bloody.'
      • 'He forgot his wounds, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet'
      • 'croutching with arm up to ward off, trying to cry for mercy. He staggered to his feet, tensed for more terrors, and looked up at a huge peaked cap.'
      • 'Squirming a little, conscious of his filthy appearance, Ralph answered shyly.'
      • '"Whose boss here?" "I am," said Ralph loudly.'
      • 'But the island was scorched up like dead wood - Simon was dead - and Jack had... The tears began to flow and sobs shook him. He gave himself up to them now for the first time on the island; great, shuddering spasms of grief that seemed to wrench his whole body.'
      • 'Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.'

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