Simon and Ralph are alone in the scene early in chapter 7, and both are quietly contemplating the rocky coast of their island. The narration, through the eyes of Ralph, notes that looking at the vast space that the ocean occupied brought the realization that being found and rescued was very far from a sure thing. That realization is daunting to Ralph and made him feel almost condemned and helpless. Ralph is so lost in his thoughts, he was almost unaware of Simon until Simon said, "You'll get back where you came from." When Ralph gives him a puzzled look, Simon repeats what he said and adds, "I think so, anyway." Simon is the mystic of the story and his prophecy here is the foreshadowing that tells the reader that Ralph will not lose his civility. Not only will Ralph physically be rescued and get home, but more importantly, Ralph will be able to shake off the savagery of this life on the island and return to society as a civilized member of it. Simon has no magical powers or a crystal ball telling him that a ship will eventually find the boys and rescue them, rather, he sees in Ralph a goodness that isn't present in many of the other boys and so Simon knows that Ralph will be able to avoid the seductive lure of evil and savagery that Jack and his tribe give in to.