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Ralph and the remaining boys who are loyal to the conch have dwindled in number, and they have become demoralized because of Simon's death and the savagery displayed by Jack's hunters; additionally, they are ashamed of their own actions that led to Simon dying. The last vestiges of civilization are crumbling amongst the boys, and Ralph's leadership capabilities have come into question. He can't organize the boys to light the fire, and he doesn't even seem to remember why it is important to keep the signal fire going. They fear both the beast and Jack's hunters, and Ralph and Piggy audibly wish that they were back home. When Roger comes to steal Piggy's glasses, Ralph's boys fight each other in chaotic terror. Ralph's group has lost its sense of purpose and are ready to give up.
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