In Chapter 4, a few of the littluns are enjoying themselves as they build sand castles by the edge of the water. As the littluns are kneeling in the sand, Roger and Maurice run out of the forest and begin kicking down their sand castles. After Maurice kicks down one of the castles, Percival begins to whimper because Maurice had kicked sand in his eye. Golding writes that in Maurice's other life, he would have been chastised by his parents or an adult for kicking sand in a younger boy's eye. However, Maurice pauses and feels the "unease of wrongdoing." He even comes up with an excuse in the back of his mind before he continues to run away. The reason Maurice feels guilty about kicking sand in Percival's eye is because he is still influenced by civilization. The boys have not been alone on the island long enough to completely dismiss their past. The rules, laws, and taboos of civilization affect Maurice to the point that he feels guilty. As the novel progresses, the boys completely descend into savagery and are not impacted by the laws, rules, and taboos of civilization.