Lord of the Flies

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Will the Real Chief Please Stand Up?


Which of these quotations most clearly indicates the moment of greatest tension in the confrontation between Ralph and Jack over who is really chief?


"'Has everybody eaten as much as they want?'
His tone conveyed a warning, given out of the pride of ownership, and the boys ate faster while there was still time. Seeing there was no immediate likelihood of a pause, Jack rose from the log that was his throne and sauntered to the edge of the grass. He looked down from behind his paint at Ralph and Piggy."


"The boys ranged themselves in rows on the grass before him but Ralph and Piggy stayed a foot lower, standing on the soft sand. Jack ignored them for the moment, turned his mask down to the seated boys and pointed at them with the spear.
'Who's going to join my tribe?'"


"'I gave you food,' said Jack, 'and my hunters will protect you from the beast. Who will join my tribe?'
'I'm chief,' said Ralph, 'because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going. Now you run after food...'"


"'And the conch doesn't count at this end of the island'
All at once the thunder struck. Instead of the dull boom there was a
point of impact in the explosion.
'The conch counts here too,' said Ralph, 'and all over the island.'"


"'What are you going to do about it then?'
Ralph examined the ranks of boys. There was no help in them and he looked away, confused and sweating. Piggy whispered.
'The fire...rescue.'"