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Ralph climbed on to the platform carefully. The coarse grass was still worn away where the assembly used to sit; the fragile white conch still gleamed by the polished seat. Ralph sat down in the grass facing the chief's seat and the conch. Piggy knelt at his left, and for a long minute there was silence.

What effect does the repetition of the word "still" have in the passage below?


It places emphasis on the lack of movement and shows how peaceful the assembly area has become now that the others are gone.


It shows that, in spite of the disintegration of the group and the terrible night they have just endured, the fundamental order of the island remains intact.


It reinforces just how little time has passed since the last time the boys met to discuss their concerns and the brutal murder of their friend, Simon.


A & B


B & C

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