When Roger begins to throw stones in "Lord of the Flies", why does he just throw them near Henry instead of at him?

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I believe you are referring to Roger who throws stone near the Henry instead of at him. This occurs because “Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.” In other words, Roger is still being influenced by civilization and has not yet turned into the savage he will become. Henry, himself, thinks it's a joke and looks for Roger, but Roger hides and no one really notices the "strange pleasure" Roger took in throwing the rocks. This event foreshadows a more horrible event at the end of the novel.

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