In "Lord of the Flies," what do the boys spot in the sand, and what is their first reaction?

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Ralph and Piggy spot a conch shell in the weeds and sand of the lagoon. Piggy suggests that Ralph blow it to summon the others. Ralph’s first attempt is unsuccessful, and he and Piggy laugh. Ralph’s next attempt is successful, and he creates a huge trumpet sound. Soon, other boys from the crash, who have heard the sound, begin appearing from the jungle. Eventually, all the boys are assembled and the conch becomes a symbol of authority. Whoever holds the conch has the right to speak. This is one of the first signs the boys are trying to remain civilized despite the fact that they are alone on a tropical island.

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