Torrid: "Sitting on the tremendous rock in the torrid sun..."
My Guess: scorching
Dictionary: scorching, burning
Assimilating: "...assimilating the possibilities of irresponsible authority."
My Guess: imagining
Dictionary: incorporating and absorbing into the mind
Theological: "A theological speculation presented itself. 'We'd better keep on the right side of him..."
My Guess: concerning the belief in a god or diety
Dictionary: of or relating to theology, the study of the nature of God and religious truth
Tendrils: "Ralph pushed the damp tendrils of hair out of his eyes."
My Guess: coiled, rope-like protrusions
Dictionary: something, such as a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling
Woebegone: "... he lay, breathless and woebegone, waiting for the next spasm."
My Guess: depressed
Dictionary: affected with or mared by deep sorrow, grief, or wretchedness
Writhing: "Ralph twisted sideways on top of a writhing body..."
My Guess: squirming, twisting and turning
Dictionary: to twist, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment; to move with a twisting or contorted motion
Purged: "The night was cool and purged of immediate terror."
My Guess: removed of...., lacking...
Dictionary: freed from impurities; purify
Propititating(ly): "Piggy nodded propitiatingly. 'You're chief, Ralph. You remember everything.'"
My Guess: assuringing(ly)
Dictionary: to conciliate (an offended power); appease.
Pinnacles: "Up there were the red pinnacles."
My Guess: towers, points
Dictionary: a tall pointed formation, such as a mountain peak
Luminous: "Piggy peered anxiously into the luminous veil that hung between him and the world."
My Guess: glowing, giving off light
Dictionary: emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light
Truculent: "Truculently they squared up to each other but just kept out of fighting distance."
My Guess: threateningly, with intimidation
Dictionary: expressing bitter opposition; disposed to or exhibiting violence or destructiveness; fierce
Ludicrous: "With ludicrous care he embraced the rock..."
My Guess: mockable, rediculous
Dictionary: laughable or hilarious because of obvious absurdity or incongruity
Anonymity: "He paused, defeated by the silence and the painted anonymity of the group guarding the entry."
My Guess: namelessness, without clear identity
Dictionary: the quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged
Talisman: "By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell."
My Guess: object possesing or symbolizing power or protection
Dictionary: an object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection
Antiphonal: "...the twins started their antiphonal speech."
My Guess: soundless, quiet
Dictionary: relating to or resembling an antiphon, a response; a reply
Ensconce: "...he would squeeze between the twisted stems, ensconce himself so deep..."
My Guess: engulf, emerge
Dictionary: to settle (oneself) securely or comfortably
Ululate: "Eric raised his head and achieved a faint ululation by beating on his open mouth."
My Guess: vibration, resonance
Dictionary: howl, wail, or loud lamentation
Elephantine: "Then the red thing was past and the elephantine progress diminished toward the sea."
My Guess: grand
Dictionary: enormous in size or strength
Crepitation: "... then a louder crepitation as if someone were unwrapping great sheets of cellophane."
My Guess: crackling
Dictionary: a rattling or crackling sound like that made by rubbing hair between the fingers close to the ear
Lamentably: "...four small logs, one of them- the farthest- lamentably springy."
My guess: sadly, regretably
Dictionary: inspiring or deserving of lament or regret; deporable or pitiable.
Apex: "Then, at the apex, the grass was thick again becase no one sat there."
My guess: central point
Dictionary: the highest point, the vertex
Ineffectual: "His ineffectual protest made."
My guess: uninfluential, having no effect on
Dictionary: insufficient to produce a desired effect
Effigy: "...a silent effigy of sorrow."
My guess: a figure or symbol
Dictionary: A likeness or image, especially of a person
Sough: "...heard silently the sough and whisper from the reef."
My guess: groan
Dictionary: a soft murmuring or rustling sound
Discursive: "The assembly shredded away and became a discursive and random scatter..."
My guess: scattered
Dictionary: covering a wide field of subjects; rambling.
Festoon: "...allowed the strings of the parachute to tangle and festoon..."
My guess: ball up
Dictionary: to form a string of garland, suspended in a loop or curve between two points
Peaked: "...the grip of their arms tightened and their mouths grew peaked."
My guess: dry, parched
Dictionary: having a sickly appearance
Tremulous: "The twins, holding tremulously to each other..."
My guess: terrified
Dictionary: marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking; timid or fearful, timorous
Diffidently: "Diffidently, Simon allowed his pace to slacken..."
My guess: purposefully
Dictionary: lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid
Dun: "... if you could forget how dun and unvisited were the ferny coverts..."
My guess: dark or deep, shadowy
Dictionary: an almost neutral brownish gray to dull grayish brown
Obtuseness: "...faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean..."
My guess: as an obstruction, vast
Dictionary: the quality of lacking a sharp edge or point
Traverses: "...lengthy traverses where one used hands as well as feet."
My guess: spans of land or space, paths
Dictionary: passings across, over, or through; routes or paths
Impervious: "...impervious Roger and Ralph, fuming..."
My guess: annoying
Dictionary: incapable of being penetrated or affected
Derisive: "...looking at him with an expression of derisive incomprehension."
My guess: unfriendly
Dictionary: mocking, jeering
Demure: "... ages ago they had stood in two demure rows..."
My guess: straight, orderly
Dictionary: modest and reserved in manner or hehaviour; affectedly shy, modest, or reserved.
Cynicism: "The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life."
My guess: unaffected, insensitivity
Dictionary: an attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives
Motif: "Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape...
"My guess: symbol
Dictionary: A reccurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work; A dominant theme or central idea; or A repeated
figure or design in architecture or decoration.
Effulgence: "... the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence."
My guess: brightness
Dictionary: brilliant radiance
Enmity: "...enduring the sun's enmity..."
My guess: contempt
Dictionary: deep-seated, often mutual hatred.
Fulcrum: "Ralph used one hand as a fulcrum and pressed down with the other till the shell rose..."
My guess: the point on which a lever sits, allowing each side to raise or fall
Dictionary: the point or support on which a lever pivots.
Incredulous: "...the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication"
My guess: disbelieving
Dictionary: skeptical, disbelieving.
Definition: loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant.
Furtive: "...a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew..."
My guess: nervous, paranoid
Dictionary: characterized by stealth, surreptitious; expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty
Askew: "...shattered these cubes so that they lay askew..."
My guess: scattered
Dictionary: to one side; awry
Immured: "Immured in these tangles..."
My guess: immersed
Dictionary: to confine within or as if within walls, imprison; to entomb in a wall.
Hiatus: "There came a pause, a hiatus, the pig continued to scream..."
My guess: a pause
Dictionary: a gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break.
Conspiratorial: "He flashed a conspiratorial grin at the other two."
My guess: indicating conspiracy or plotting, sly
Dictionary: of, relating to, or characteristic of conspirators or a conspiracy.
Errant: "The noise of the errant assembly faded up the mountain."
My guess: straying
Dictionary: roving, especially in search of adventure; straying from the proper course or standards.
Martyr: "...with the martyred expression of a parent..."
My guess: marked as one who performs an obligation or unfavorable task for a cause
Dictionary: inflicted with great pain, torment; put to death for devotion to religious beliefs.
Ebullience: "...the senseless ebullience of their children..."
My guess: chatter, hyperactivity
Dictionary: zestful enthusiasm
Officious: "There was pushing and pulling and officious cries."
My guess: offended, indignant
Dictionary: marked by excessivee agerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others.
Pall: "A pall stretched for miles away from the island."
My guess: blanket, layer, covering
Dictionary: A covering that darkens or obscures; a gloomy effect or atmosphere.
Tirade: "By now they were listening to the tirade."
My guess: rant
Dictionary: a long, angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.
Abyss: "...a harsh cry that seemed to come out of the abyss of ages."
My guess: the beyond
Dictionary: An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void.
Avidly: "...he searched the ground avidly."
My guess: greedily
Dictionary: done with an ardent desire or unbounded craving; greedily
Inscrutable: "...stared at the inscrutable masses of creeper that lay across the trail."
My guess: inpenetrable
Dictionary: difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
Contrite: "Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole. 'Sorry'."
My guess: apoligetic
Dictionary: feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
Rapt: "Ralph gazed bewildered at his rapt face."
My guess: entranced
Dictionary: Echanted or seized with rapture
Tacit: "Jack nodded...and by tacit consent they left..."
My guess: implied, unspoken
Dictionary: not spoken; implied by or inferred from actions or statements.
Flaunted: "a rapid climber flaunted red and yellow sprays right to the top."
My guess: boasted
Dictionary: to exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly
Blatant: "The glittering sea rose up, moved apart in planes of blatant impossibility."
My guess: clear
Dictionary: unpleasantly loud and noisy; usage problem: totally or offensively conspicuous or obtrusive.
Dubious: "The decrease in size, from Ralph down, was gradual; and though there was a dubious region..."
My guess: tricky, difficult to place
Dictionary: fraught with uncertainty or doubt; undecided.
Belligerence: "Johnny was well built, with fair hair and a natural belligerence."
My guess: unruliness
Dictionary: a hostile or warlike attitude, nature, or inclination;
Questing: "...tiny transparencies that come questing in with the water over the hot, dry sand."
My guess: exploring
Dictionary: going on a quest, searching
Myriad: "Like a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw..."
My guess: a mulititude
Dictionary: a vast number; archaic: ten thousand
My guess: tight
Dictionary: pulled or drawn tight; not slack
Malevolently: "He looked malevolently at Jack."
My guess: with contempt, intending evil
Dictionary: having or exhibiting ill will; withing harm to others; malicious.
Parody: "Piggy and the parody were so funny that the hunter began to laugh."
My guess: humorous show
Dictionary: humorous or satirical mimicry