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Piggy wants to make a sundial.
"I've been thinking," he said, "about a clock. We could make a sundial. We could put a stick in the sand, and then--"
The effort to express the mathematical processes involved was too great. He made a few passes instead.
"And an airplane, and a TV set," said Ralph sourly, "and a steam engine."
Piggy shook his head.
"You have to have a lot of metal things for that," he said, "and we haven't got no metal.
But we got a stick."
Ralph turned and smiled involuntarily. Piggy was a bore; his fat, his ass-mar and his matter-of-fact ideas were dull, but there.
Lord of the Flies