What two things does Ralph say that insult Jack in Chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies?

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In Chapter Eight, "Gift for the Darkness" Jack and Ralph have their major falling out, and Jack leaves the tribe, whining:

"I'm not going to play any longer.  Not with you" (127). 

Jack's chief source of displeasure arose from Ralph's accusations, that Ralph said his hunters were "no good" and that Ralph thought the hunters were "cowards, running away from the boar and the beast" (126). 

Now, Jack's revision of Ralph's actual statements makes Ralph's words seem more harmful and critical than they actually were.  Jack's language at the meeting was meant to be inflammatory to the hunters; he wanted to raise the hunters' ire and turn them against Ralph, which served his ambition to be chief perfectly.  Jack and Ralph's argument in this scene reveals Jack's ability to manipulate and his desire for control.


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