In Chapter 4, what is Henry doing by the lagoon, when Roger is following him?So the three littluns (Henry, Johnny, Percival) are playing, they get bullied, then Henry gets tired and walks off to...

In Chapter 4, what is Henry doing by the lagoon, when Roger is following him?

So the three littluns (Henry, Johnny, Percival) are playing, they get bullied, then Henry gets tired and walks off to the lagoon.

**Why is Roger following him? and What is Henry doing? **

Is he following him to bully him some more? Is henry just playing with the sticks and the "transparencies"...and by the way what in the world are the transparencies...the debris?

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MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Henry is indeed playing with the "transparancies" at the water's edge-most likely some kind of small jellyfish, or perhaps some species of clear crustaceans found near the island. He is poking them with a stick, creating channels in the sand that flood with water. He feels a sense of power in controlling the movements of these tiny creatures, something akin to a god, creator and destroyer.

Roger is following him, because unlike Maurice, Roger has only the thinnest connections to the society from whence the boys came. Essentially, he is a sociopath, and it is only the relatively short time on the island that is stopping him from hitting Henry with rocks. At this point in the novel, he still recalls the rules of their culture, and has the faintest respect for adult codes of conduct. Of course, he still throws rocks at Henry; he just does it to intimidate at this point, not to hurt. Later, he fully realizes his freedom from the rules of a distant society, and gleefully, horribly kills both pigs and Piggy, without a thought of the consequences.

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Lord of the Flies

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