Like the opening scene of the novel, chapter ten begins with two figures alone on the beach— Ralph and Piggy. Both of them are very frightened about their future; both feel guilty for taking part in the previous night’s feast which turned out to be Simon’s murder. Piggy won’t believe that he had anything to do with it, saying that it was just an unfortunate accident.
Soon Samneric appear, helping to keep up the fire on the shore. Ralph seems to forget the meaning of the fire, however. Golding explains, "Ralph tried indignantly to remember. There was something good about a fire. Something overwhelmingly good." Here again is proof that Ralph is becoming increasingly weary as the power of the beast infects his soul. Piggy, of course, comes to the rescue, reminding Ralph that the fire is the only way for the boys to be saved.
That night, Jack and his hunters raid Ralph’s camp, taking the fire and stealing Piggy’s glasses. Soon it will be all over the adult world of logic.