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“Something he had not known was there rose in him and compelled him to make the point, loudly
again. „But I tell you there isn‟t a beast!‟” (37)

“‟As if,‟ said Simon, „the beastie, the beastie or the snake-thing, was real. Remember?‟ The two older
boys flinched when they heard the shameful syllable. Snakes were not mentioned now, not
mentionable.” (52)

“We‟ve got to talk about this fear and decide there‟s nothing in it. I‟m frightened myself, sometimes;
only that‟s nonsense! Like bogies. Then, when we‟ve decided, we can start again and be careful of
things like a fire.‟ A picture of three boys walking along the bright beach flitted through his mind.
„And be happy‟” (82)

“‟It was furry. There was something moving behind its head-wings. The beast moved too-„ „That was
awful. It kind of sat up-„ „The fire was bright-„ „We‟d just made it up-„ „-more sticks on-„ „There were
eyes-„ „Teeth-„ „Claws-„ „We ran as fast as we could-„ „Bashed into things-„ „The beast followed us-„ „I
was it slinking behind the trees-„ „Nearly touched me-„” (100)

“Behind them the sliver of moon had drawn clear of the horizon. Before them, something like a great
ape was sitting asleep with its head between his knees. Then the wind roared in the forest, there
was confusion in the darkness, and the creature lifted its head, holding toward them the ruin of a
face.” (123)

“‟Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!‟ said the head. For a moment or
two the forest and all the other dimly appreciated places echoed with the parody of laughter. „You
knew, didn‟t you? I‟m part of you? Close, close, close! I‟m the reason why it‟s no go? Why things are
the way they are?‟” (143)

“The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news much reach the others as soon as possible.”
(147)

“‟Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!‟ The sticks fell and the mouth of the new
circle crunched and screamed. The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its
face. It was crying out against the abominable noise, something about a body on the hill. The beast
struggled forward, broke the ring, and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water.
At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck,
bit, tore. There were no word, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.” (153)
"He came-disguised. He may come again even though we gave him the head of our kill to eat. So
watch; and be careful." (160)
"You're a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!" (179)


Chapter 2
A littlun said, “He wants to know what you’re going to do about the snake-thing” (35-36).


Chapter 3
Ralph said, “And then another thing. We need shelters because of the-” (52).

Chapter 3
Jack said, “That’s how you can feel in the forest. Of course there’s nothing in it. Only-only” (53).
Chapter 5
During Ralph’s speech, he stopped and thought, “remembering the beastie, the snake, the fire, the
talk of fear. “Then people started getting frightened.”” (82).



Chapter 5
Jack yelled during Ralph’s speech, “…You littluns started all this, with the fear talk. Beasts!” (82).

Chapter 5
Jack said, “But there is no animal” (83).

Chapter 5
Jack also said, “Well then- I’ve been all over this island. By myself. If there were a beast I’d have seen
it. Be frightened because you’re like that- but there is no beast in the forest.” (83).



Chapter 5
The littlun Phil said, “then I saw something moving among the trees, something big and horrid” (85).


Chapter 5
Percival, another littlun said, ““He [the beast] comes out of the sea.” The last laugh died away” (88).


Chapter 5
Someone said, “Maybe he means it’s some sort of ghost” (89).



Chapter 6
“They [Eric and Sam] became motionless, gripped in each other’s arms, four unwinking eyes aimed
and two mouths open. Far beneath them, the trees of the forest sighed, then roared. The hair on their
foreheads fluttered and flames blew out sideways from the fire.” (98)



Chapter 8
Ralph said, “The beast had teeth and big black eyes” (124).

Chapter 8
Jack said, “Yes. The beast is a hunter” (126).

Chapter 8
Piggy said, “But now we really got a beast, though I can’t hardly believe it, we’ll need to stay close to
the platform” (128).

Chapter 8
Jack said, “And about the beast. When we kill we’ll leave some of the kill for it. Then it won’t bother us,
maybe” (133).

Chapter 8
Jack said after killing the pig, “This head is for the beast. It’s a gift” (137).
 Chapter 9
 “Simon saw a humped thing suddenly sit up on the top and look down at him…Then the wind blew
 again and the figure lifted, bowed, and breathed foully at him. Simon knelt on all fours and was sick till
 his stomach was empty… The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others
 as soon as possible. He started down the mountain and his legs gave beneath him” (146).




 Chapter 11
 Ralph yelled at Jack, “You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!” (179).


Chapter 2:
 “Now he says it was a beastie…the beastie
 came in the dark.” (Pg 35)
 “But there isn’t a beastie!” (Pg 36)
 “But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it.”
 (Pg 36)

Chapter 3:
 “They talk and scream…as if the beastie or
 snake-thing was real.” (Pg 52)

Chapter 5:
 “My hunters sometimes talk of a thing, a dark
 thing, a beast, some sort of animal.” (Pg 83)
 “Unless we get frightened of people.” (Pg 84)
 “What I mean is…maybe it’s only us.” (Pg 89)
 “What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or
 savages?” (Pg 91)

Chapter 6:
 “However Simon thought of the beast, there rose
 before his inward sight the picture of a human at
 once heroic and sick.” (Pg 103)

Chapter 7:
 “Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a
 handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The
 desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering”
 (Pg 115)

Chapter 8:
 “This head is for the beast. It’s a gift.” (Pg 137)
 “And the hunting and all that, being savages I
 mean – it must be jolly good fun.” (Pg 142)
  “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you
 could hunt and kill. You knew didn’t you? I’m part
 of you? I’m the reason why things are no go?” (Pg
 143)
 “You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me
 down there – so don’t try to escape!” (Pg 143)

Chapter 9:
 “The beast was harmless and horrible; and the
 news must reach the others as soon as possible.”
 (Pg 147)
 “Kill the Beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” (Pg
 152)

Chapter 10:
 “No! How could we – kill – it?” (Pg 160)
 “He came – disguised.” (Pg 160)


Chapter 11:
 “You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody,
 bloody thief!” (Pg 179)

				
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