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Ralph decides that he, Jack, and Simon should go and search the land to make sure that it is indeed an island. This is signifincant because Ralph is the newly selected leader while Jack has been a leader of half of the boys already. These two choices were easy for Ralph. But the third choice seems to be a random selection. Simon is described at this moment of selection like this:
...he was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and coarse.
Simon is a quiet character and a reason why he may be part of this group will be revealed later, by chapter 9. Piggy wanted to join the boys and be a part of the expedition, but Ralph wouldn't let him come along.
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