Who are the first two characters to appear in "Lord of the Flies"?

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here's the opening of the book:

The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon. Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered to his forehead. All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. He was clambering heavily among the creepers and broken trunks when a bird, a vision of red and yellow, flashed upwards with a witch-like cry; and this cry was echoed by another.

'Hi!' it said, 'wait a minute!'

The boy with the fair hair turns out to be Ralph. And a little bit later, the second boy turns out to be Piggy:

The owner of the voice came backing out of the under­growth so that twigs scratched on a greasy wind-breaker. The naked crooks of his knees were plump, caught and scratched by thorns. He bent down, removed the thorns carefully, and turned round. He was shorter than the fair boy and very fat.

In true Golding style, you'll notice, Ralph and Piggy are also the last two boys mentioned at the very end of the novel.

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Lord of the Flies

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