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Garden of Eden

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Which of the following passages most clearly illustrates the connection between the "beast" and the Christian story of the Garden of Eden?

A

"'He wants to know what you're going to do about the snake-thing.... Now he says it was a beastie.'
'Beastie?'
'A snake-thing. Ever so big. He saw it.'
'Where?'
'In the woods.'
Either the wandering breezes or perhaps the decline of the sun allowed a little coolness to lie under the trees. The boys felt it and stirred restlessly."

B

"'He still says he saw the beastie. It came and went away again an' came back and wanted to eat him-'
'He was dreaming.'
Laughing, Ralph looked for confirmation round the ring of faces. The
older boys agreed; but here and there among the little ones was the doubt that required more than rational assurance.
'He must have had a nightmare. Stumbling about among all those creepers.'"

C

"'Things are breaking up. I don't understand why. We began well; we were happy. And then-'
He moved the conch gently, looking beyond them at nothing, remembering
the beastie, the snake, the fire, the talk of fear.
'Then people started getting frightened.'"

D

"So this is a meeting to find out what's what. I'll tell you what's what. You littluns started all this, with the fear talk. Beasts! Where from?
Of course we're frightened sometimes but we put up with being frightened. Only Ralph says you scream in the night. What does that mean but nightmares? Anyway, you don't hunt or build or help -you're a lot of cry-babies and sissies. That's what. And as for the fear - you'll have to put up with that like the rest of us."

E

"You did, the other day. You said they dream and cry out. Now they talk - not only the littluns, but my hunters sometimes - talk of a thing, a dark thing, a beast, some sort of animal. I've heard. You thought not, didn't you? Now listen. You don't get big animals on small islands. Only pigs. You only get lions and tigers in big countries like Africa and India"