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Piggy, in a moment of astounding and unprecedented perception, states that there is no beast, and no fear, either – unless they get frightened of people. So there’s nothing to fear but the fear of people.
The boys have a meeting that does not go well. Someone yells at him to “shut up, you fat slug!” and the whole meeting begins to disintegrate.
Ralph makes the third amazing comment of the chapter, stating that, if he blows it now and no one comes back, the conch will have lost its power completely. And then, they will all “be like animals.” He wants to give up being chief, but Piggy asks desperately what would happen then.