What are some quotes from Lord of the Flies that best demonstrate Ralph's or Jack's understanding of others feelings or concerns?

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After going up and exploring the island and determining that it is an island, Ralph tells the other boys in the meeting that "While [they're] waiting [they] can have a good time on this island.” He understands that it isn't just about having enough food and water but there also has to be consideration for their feelings. He is hesitant when talking about getting shot down and the fact that no one knows they are there. But when they bring up the idea of being on the island for a long time, he makes sure to point out that it could be fun, that it is a great island to be stranded on.

Jack too is aware of the importance of the boy's feelings and in the same meeting he demonstrates it when he responds to the boys talking about the "snake thing." He says "Ralph’s right of course. There isn’t a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it." His understanding of their feelings is slightly different because he sees the importance of managing their fear. Eventually this will serve him well as he angles for control of the boys and uses their fear to bring them over to his group of hunters and their more savage outlook on life on the island.

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