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The Sound of the Shell The opening chapter begins with two boys Piggy and Ralph making their way through the jungle We learn through their dialogue that they had been travelling in an airplane with a group of British school children The plane had presumably been shot down and crashed on a an island in the Pacific It is hinted that the rest of the world is at war and that most of it has been destroyed by nuclear attackspossibly explaining that the children were A storm has come and gone washing the wreckage away Ralph and Piggy meet and revel at the prospect that they are alone on a tropical island with no adults They make their way to the beach where they find a large conch shell Using the shell as a horn Ralph summons any other children that may be on the island They begin to come from the jungle and Piggy tries to take names Along the beach two marching files of black-clad children approach This is the first we see of Jack Merridew who oddly enough is the only child besides Percival whose last name we will learn Piggy is immediately singled out by the group and made fun of
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