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You can find the answer to this fairly early in Chapter 4. It is about 4 pages in to the chapter.
The reason that Maurice feels guilty about this is that he has some remaning memories of civilization and what civilized people are supposed to act like. He remembers that he once got in trouble for doing the same thing to a younger kid's eyes back in England.
So it is a memory of what the rules are that make Maurice guilty. This shows that he still has a conscience and has not become a real savage yet.
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