Lord of the Flies Vocabulary
offer "The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but his proffer
of acquaintance was not made."
single or repeated design "Here the beach was interrupted
abruptly by the square motif of the landscape..."
deceptive "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."
lounged "Ralph lolled in the water."
ill-will "He [Ralph] trotted through the sand, enduring the
sun's enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered
intruded: got between "The shell was interesting and pretty and
worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed
between him and Piggy..."
raised "...eighteen inches of shell with a slight spiral twist
and covered with a delicate, embossed pattern."
puckered "Ralph pursed his lips and squirted air into
the shell which emitted a low, farting noise."
details "A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms, spread
through the intricacies of the forest and echoed
- strident: harsh and loud "The
note boomed again; and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up
an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than
amazing "[Ralph's] He's face was dark with violent pleasure of making
this stupendous noise..."
unbelieving: skeptical "They [Sam and Eric] were twins,
and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery
snickers; laughs "This last piece of shop [information] brought
sniggers from the choir..."
sly, devious "There was a slight, furtive boy
whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance
pliable; flexible "Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such
tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant
- immured walled in "Immured
in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult
Vocabulary Chapter 2
Fire on the Mountain
gestured with one's hands "He gesticulated
persuaded "At last Ralph induced him to held the
shell but by then the blow of laughter had taken away the child's
climbing, scrambling "Ralph was already clambering
over the first smashed swathes of the scar."
areas similar to rows left by a mower "Ralph was already clambering
over the first smashed swathes of the scar."
"Then they inched the grotesque dead think [the log] up
the rock and toppled it over on top."
too eager to serve or advise "There was pushing and pulling and
an accusation made in retaliation "His [Piggy's] voice lifted
into the whine of virtuous recrimination."
Vocabulary Chapter 3
Huts on the Beach
eagerly "Then the trail, the frustration, claimed him
again and he searched the ground avidly."
not easily understood "Jack lifted his head and stared at the inscrutable
masses of creeper that lay across the trail."
tempting " From the pig-run came the quick, hard patter of hoofs, a
castanet sound, seductive, maddening--the promise of
difficulties or hardships "Jack stood there, streaming with sweat,
streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes
of a day's hunting. "
sincerely sorry for shortcomings "Simon's contrite face
appeared in the hole. "Sorry."
completely absorbed "Ralph gazed bewildered at his [Jack's] rapt
Vocabulary Chapter 4
Painted Faces and Long Hair
- impending: as though hanging
suspended "Toward noon, as the floods of light fell more nearly
to the perpendicular, the stark colors of the morning were smoothed in
pearl and opalescence; and the heat--as though the impeding
sun's height gave it momentum--became a blow that they ducked..."
noisy; clamorous "Strange things happened at midday. The
glittering sea rose up, moved apart in planes of blatant impossibility..."
without distinction; in general "The smaller boys were
know no by the generic title of 'littlun.'"
an aggressive, stubborn attitude "...Johnny was well
built, with fair hair and a natural belligerence."
punishment "In his other life Maurice had received chastisement
for filling a younger eye with sand."
innumerable "Like a myriad of tiny
teeth in a saw, the transparencies (baby crabs) came scavenging over the
darkness (of skin) "When Roger opened his eyes and
saw him [Jack], a darker shadow crept beneath the swarthiness
of his skin..."
with hostility "Piggy grabbed and put on the glasses. He
looked malevolently at Jack."
Vocabulary Chapter 5
Beast from Water
mockingly "...remembering that first enthusiastic exploration
as though it were part of a brighter childhood, he smiled jeeringly."
ridiculous, absurd "But Piggy, for all his ludicrous
body, had brains."
representation "At first he was a silent effigy
of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him."
weeping, crying "At first he was a silent effigy of
sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him."
- reverence: respect;
Vocabulary Chapter 6
Beast from Air
seemingly without end "An interminable dawn faded
the stars out, and at last light, sad and gray, filtered into the
involved in conflict "Piggy, finding himself uncomfortably embroiled,
slid the conch to Ralph's knees and sat down."
- diffidently: with hesitation and
respect "Diffidently, Simon allowed his pace to
slacken until he was walking side by side with Ralph and looking up a him
through the coarse black hair..."
- leviathan: a great sea monster
defeated by God in the Old Testament Book of Job "Then the
sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed
streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar."
(This is figurative: the leviathan referred to here is a large table
Vocabulary Chapter 7
Shadows and Tall Trees
waving about in a threatening manner "Jack had him
by the hair and was brandishing his knife."
look angrily "Jack glowered."
wisely "Everybody agreed [with Ralph] sagely."
dismaying "The word was too good, too bitter, too successfully daunting
to be repeated."
foolhardiness "Ralph surprised himself, not so much by the
quality of his voice, which was even, but by the bravado of
Vocabulary Chapter 8
Gift for the Darkness
- sanctity: holiness;
inviolability "The wood he fetched was close at hand, a fallen
tree on the platform that they did not need for the assembly, yet to the
others the sanctity of the platform had protected even what
was useless there."
modest "Each of them [Jack & Roger] wore the remains
of a black cap and ages ago they had stood in two demure
rows and their voices had been the song of angels."
intensity "If Jack was astonished by their fervor
he did not show it."
Vocabulary Chapter 9
A View to a Death
interwoven; with something at intervals in between
"Here there were wide spaces interspersed with thickets
and huge trees and the rend of the ground led him up as the forest
with a large, bulky body "Then as the blue material
of the parachute collapsed the corpulent figure would bow
forward, sighing, and the flies settle once more."
ridicule "Piggy once more was the center of social derision
so that everyone felt cheerful and normal."
juicy "The boys with the spit gave Ralph and Piggy each a succulent
chunk [of meat]."
strolled "Jack rose from the log that was his throne and sauntered
to the edge of the grass."
insane "Piggy and Ralph under the threat of the sky, found
themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly
Vocabulary Chapter 10
The Shell and the Glasses
relating to the study of God "I expect the beast
disguised itself." "Perhaps," said the chief. A theological
speculation presented itself."
cleaned; freed "The night was cool and purged of
Vocabulary Chapter 11
glowing "The twins watched anxiously and Piggy sat expressionless
behind the luminous wall of his myopia."
near-sightedness "The twins watched anxiously and
Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia."
consisting of innumerable parts "There was a silence,
except for the multitudinous murmur of the bees."
appealingly; in order to regain favor " Piggy nodded propitiating."
unstoppable; can't be satisfied "Behind him came the twins,
worried now of a while but full of unquenchable
Vocabulary Chapter 12
Cry of the Hunters
hostile "There was no reply. To carry he must speak
louder; and this would rouse those striped and inimical
creatures from their feasting by the fire."
conceal "At first the twisted stems, ensconce
himself so deep that only a crawler like himself could come through, and
that crawler would be jabbed."
swollen from internal pressure "Other boys were appearing
now, tiny tots some of them, brown, with distended bellies
of small savages."