Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies Vocabulary

Chapter 1

1. proffer: offer  "The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but his proffer of acquaintance was not made."

2. motif: single or repeated design  "Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape..."

3. specious: 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." 

4. lolled: lounged  "Ralph lolled in the water."

5. enmity: ill-will  "He [Ralph] trotted through the sand, enduring the sun's enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes." 

6. interposed: 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..."

7. embossed: raised  "...eighteen inches of shell with a slight spiral twist and covered with a delicate, embossed pattern." 

8. pursed: puckered "Ralph pursed his lips and squirted air into the shell which emitted a low, farting noise." 

9. intricacies: details  "A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms, spread through the intricacies of the forest  and echoed back..."

10. 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 before."

11. stupendous: amazing "[Ralph's] He's face was dark with violent pleasure of making this stupendous noise..." 

12. incredulous: unbelieving: skeptical   "They [Sam and Eric] were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication." 

13. sniggers: snickers; laughs  "This last piece of shop [information] brought sniggers from the choir..."

14. furtive: sly, devious  "There was a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy."

15. pliant: pliable; flexible "Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles." 

16. immured walled in "Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult

Vocabulary Chapter 2

Fire on the Mountain

1. gesticulated: gestured with one's hands  "He gesticulated widely."

2. induced: persuaded  "At last Ralph induced him to held the shell but by then the blow of laughter had taken away the child's voice."

3. clambering: climbing, scrambling   "Ralph was already clambering over the first smashed swathes of the scar."

4. swathes: areas similar to rows left by a mower  "Ralph was already clambering over the first smashed swathes of the scar."

5. grotesque:  "Then they inched the grotesque dead think [the log] up the rock and toppled it over on top."

6. officious: too eager to serve or advise  "There was pushing and pulling and officious cries."

7. recrimination: an accusation made in retaliation  "His [Piggy's] voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination."

Vocabulary Chapter 3  

Huts on the Beach

1. avidly: eagerly   "Then the trail, the frustration, claimed him again and he searched the ground avidly." 

2. inscrutable: not easily understood  "Jack lifted his head and stared at the inscrutable masses of creeper that lay across the trail."

3. seductive: tempting " From the pig-run came the quick, hard patter of hoofs, a castanet sound, seductive, maddening--the promise of meat."

4. vicissitudes: difficulties or hardships "Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day's hunting. "

5. contrite: sincerely sorry for shortcomings "Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole.  "Sorry."

6. rapt: completely absorbed  "Ralph gazed bewildered at his [Jack's] rapt face.

 Vocabulary Chapter 4

Painted Faces and Long Hair

1. impending: as though...
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