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Simon discovers a fallen fighter jet pilot who has gotten tangled in the trees when he climbs the hill. Since the wind periodically fills the parachute dangling from the branches, the other boys thought this was a beastie expanding in preparation for attack. However, Simon finds out the truth, untangles the dead man and allows him to float out to see.
The irony of this whole situation is that Simon was on his way to tell the boys that there was no beast and they were safe, when the boys spear him to death thinking he was the beast come to get them.
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