What is an example of an important quote by Roger in Lord of the Flies?

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An important quote by Roger is when he suggests that they will never be rescued, showing the dark side of his personality.

Roger is a quiet but moody boy.  The other boys are wary of him from the beginning.  No one knew him at first.  This demonstrates that he is somewhat of an outsider.  Roger does begin interjecting himself into the discussion, and usually not on a positive note.

Roger took the conch and looked round at them gloomily.

“I’ve been watching the sea. There hasn’t been the trace of a ship. Perhaps we’ll never be rescued.” (ch 2)

Roger usually does not speak, although he is usually involved in what is going on.  When he does talk, he usually says something important or tries to, and because he does not talk much the others listen.

This statement is a direct violation of Ralph’s authority, and he immediately contradicts Roger.  He sees Roger as a threat, slowly chipping away at his position.