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Ralph calls another meeting because he is noticing behavior among the boys that he doesn't like in regards to the rules he has set up. He reprimands the boys for not keeping up their hygiene, for not making sure there is always a supply of drinking water, for not building shelters, and especially for not making sure the signal fire is always lit, which he keeps emphasizing is the only way they're going to be rescued. Jack, who wants nothing do to with rules and resents that this meeting is even happening, is disorderly during the meeting and those who look up to Jack follow suit. The meeting soon becomes out of control and no attempts by Ralph to control it are successful. Jack leaves the meeting and some of the boys go with him. Piggy suggests to Ralph to blow the conch to get the boys to come back, since the conch was always a symbol of order and rules. Ralph refuses to do so. He is afraid to face the possibility that the boys won't return if he blows the conch. He'd have to face the reality that his hold over the group is completely gone and he's not ready to face that reality yet.
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