Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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On what pages does the author describe the characters Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and Simon in chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies?

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Depending on which edition of the book you are using, page numbers will vary, but I will give the location of the descriptions according to my version. The first sentence of chapter 1 refers to "the boy with fair hair." This is Ralph. The eighth paragraph of the chapter introduces Piggy, whose "naked crooks of his knees were plump," showing he is heavy-set and wears shorts. He is also described as shorter than Ralph, "very fat," and wearing spectacles. About five pages in, more description of Ralph is given: he is just over twelve years old with relatively broad shoulders, a mild expression, and a "golden" skin tone.

About sixteen pages in, Jack appears leading the choir boys. He is "tall, thin, and bony." He has red hair and freckles, and his face is "ugly." His eyes are blue. Shortly after Jack's introduction, Simon is described briefly as the boy who faints. When he regains consciousness, he is described as having a pallid smile, which can mean either pale or lifeless. Since he has just...

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