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Which of the following quotations best reveals Golding's view of human nature, as echoed throughout the novel?


"The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this proffer of acquaintance was not made; the fair boy called Ralph smiled vaguely, stood up, and began to make his way once more toward the lagoon."


"This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself.."


"'Maybe,'he said hesitantly, 'maybe there is a beast - What I mean is. . . maybe it's only us."


"'I'm scared of him,' said Piggy, 'and that's why I know him. If you're scared of someone you hate him but you can't stop thinking about him. You kid yourself he's all right really, an' then when you see him again; it's like asthma an' you can't breathe."


"'If you don't want to go on,' said the voice sarcastically, 'I'll go up by myself.'
Ralph heard the mockery and hated Jack. The sting of ashes in his eyes, tiredness, fear, enraged him.
'Go on then! We'll wait here.'
There was silence."

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