who said "Grownups know things...They'd meet and have tea and discuss."

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of stranded boys try to make sense of a world without grownups.  Many of the boys become fearful of a possible beast on the island that lurks in the jungle or in the sea. 

It is Piggy who brings clarity to their pointless discussion.

   "Grownups know things," said Piggy. "They ain't afraid of the dark. They'd meet and have tea and discuss. Then things 'ud be all right--" (Chapter 5, 94). 

His words provide a telling contrast to the reality of the boys' situation where they are paralyzed by fear and indecision.  Piggy's quote reveals much about his personal character; he believes in authority and appreciates the protection that adults can offer.  Instead of perceiving the presence of leadership with disdain or open rebellion, as some youths are apt to do (like Jack), Piggy embraces it wholeheartedly. 

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Lord of the Flies

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