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Ralph calls a meeting because he is trying to reestablish the importance of the fire in everyone's minds. In the previous chapter, a ship had passed the island, but Jack and his hunters had let the fire go out so there was no smoke to signal the ship. In the meeting, Ralph also hits on a number of other issues - he wants the other boys to think seriously about their survival instead of being lazy or getting so caught up in hunting that they neglect other necessary things. Once again, Ralph, Piggy, and Simon are the only ones who see the importance of the things Ralph brings up. The others do not have the maturity of insight or self-control to understand.
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