Chapter 6 After the assembly, all the boys go to sleep. Above them an aerial battle is taking place. A casualty of the battle floats down to the island on his opened parachute. The wind drags the body to rest at the top of the mountain. The breeze inflates the parachute occasionally, making the body appear to sit up and then sink forward again. Samneric, tending the fire on the mountain, catch a glimpse of the body’s movement and hear the parachute inflating. They flee to Ralph in a panic with a story exaggerated by their fear.
At dawn, Ralph calls an assembly, where they decide to investigate the only spot on the island left unexplored: the castle-like rock formation at one end. With Piggy and the littluns remaining behind on the beach, Ralph and the others go to the castle. Ralph goes first by himself, followed a few minutes later by Jack. After they establish that the beast is not there, the other boys join them in the castle and want to play there a while. They resist when Ralph announces that they need to all go check on the fire, but he forces the issue and Jack leads the way back up to the fire site.
Chapter 7 The boys set off for the mountain along the unfamiliar shoreline on the other side of the island. When they stop to eat some fruit, Ralph muses on his state of hygiene and that of the others. He longs for a soapy bath, a haircut, a toothbrush. He realises that the boys’ dirtiness has become normal for them. At one point Ralph looks out to sea and has a sense that they are even more lost and remote than he had thought previously. Simon seems to know what he’s thinking and tells Ralph that he believes he will be saved.
However, he does not suggest that all the boys or even he himself will be saved. The boys discover droppings of a wild boar and a hunt ensues. The boar gets away but not without being speared by Ralph. His success at hitting the boar infects Ralph with pride and excitement about the hunt. All the boys are excited by the hunt, even though it was not ultimately successful. Robert pretends to be the boar. The game gets out of hand and turns violent. Robert is terrified but it ends before he gets seriously hurt. They talk about doing it ‘properly’ with a fire and a drum.
They continue along the rough shoreline to find a way up onto the mountain. They get to a point where they cannot go any further but realise that it’s late in the day and they will not get back to the camp until after nightfall. Simon volunteers to go straight through the jungle on his own to the other side of the island where Piggy and the littluns are. The rest of the boys continue and find their way up the mountain. When it gets really dark Ralph suggests they go back to their camp and look for the beast in the morning.
But Jack says that he is going to go on. Ralph and Roger go with him and the others go back to the camp. At one point Jack goes on ahead while Ralph and Roger wait. Jack evidently sees the dead pilot in the darkness but does not know what it is. Terrified, he comes back to the others and tells them he’s seen something. Ralph goes forward to inspect, still not believing that there is a beast. In the darkness Ralph too sees the pilot and, like Jack, is unable to recognise the figure for what it is. The boys flee the mountain and race back to the camp.