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The talk of the beast as a ghost wreaks havoc on the boys as a unit. Piggy is visibly upset by the notion, and the group's response is to make fun of him, “shut up, you fat slug!” With this, the whole discussion begins to disintegrate.
Ralph shouts that the rules are the only thing they’ve got holding them together, but Jack is louder and leads a pack of boys off to search for the beast and hunt him down.
Piggy and Ralph and Simon are left in despair. Piggy says to blow the conch to get everyone back.