What do we learn about Roger in chapter 7?William Golding's Lord of the Flies

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Chapter Seven of Lord of the Flies finds Roger beginning to quietly assert himself.  When Jack states the he will go up the mountain to look for the beast and challenges  Ralph accompany them, Ralph accepts the dare.  Then, he stops and asks, 

"Why should only two go?" Astonlshingly, a dark figure moved against the tide.

Roger, who is uncommunicative by nature, sits on the trunk and taps his stick against it.  He surprises Ralph when he speaks because after some time Ralph and Jack have forgotten him.  Again, as they progress in the darkness, Roger joins them, but lingers behind some.  Then, when Jack and Ralph hesitate, Roger bumps them, "fumbled with a hiss of breath, and passed onwards."  Clearly, he is a sinister force, although he, like Jack and Ralph, is frightened by the creature with "the ruin of a face" and abandons his spear and runs back down the dark slope from which they have come.   

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