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Ralph found himself taking giant strides among the ashes, heard other creatures crying out and leaping and dared the impossible on the dark slope; presently the mountain was deserted, save for the three abandoned sticks and the thing that bowed.

What is the impact of the word "creatures" in the passage below?


It indicates that Ralph is not alone in the darkness, but being chased by someone - or something.


It reveals that the beast is frightening more than just Ralph and the other boys; it causes terror to the natural world as well.


It highlights how confused and utterly alone Ralph feels by describing Jack and Roger as distant and less than human.


It shows that Ralph's fear is so great that he is imagining other "beasts" all around him in the darkness.


It has very little effect; other words, like "impossible" play a much greater role in making this passage significant.

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