In chapter 4 of Lord of the Flies, Roger begins throwing stones at Henry, one of the "littluns" on the island, who is playing on the sandy shore with his friends. While Roger generally behaves as a bully, his societal conditioning prevents him from actually hitting Henry. Therefore, Roger deliberately aims his throws to land closely to Henry, reflecting his desire to push the boundaries of his conditioning, while continuing to follow the societal laws in which he was raised. Henry continues to unconcernedly play with his fellow littluns, knowing that he is protected by what Golding describes as the "taboo of the old life". This taboo represents the understanding that in the civilized society of Great Britain, in which the boys were raised, needlessly harming another individual is unacceptable and is responded to with consequences and punishment. The invisible ring of protection represents a non-physical and therefore fragile boundary that, over time, Roger chooses to ignore as he begins disregarding his societal conditioning.