Lord of the Flies

what does the officer mean when he mentions "i should have thought that a pack of british boys....would have able to put up a better show than that."

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One of the running themes of the story is that Britain was the best that "civilization" had to offer. The British military school boys had basically turned into a pack of filthy murdering savages. The British naval officer in his bright white uniform surveys the savages in front of him and states that he expected more.