Maurice – ‘broad and grinning all the time’ at the beginning of Lord of the Flies  – is a member of Jack’s choir and then his group of hunters. Maurice and Roger destroy the sandcastles that the ‘littluns’ have built, but Maurice stops when Percival gets sand in his eye. Maurice ‘felt the unease of wrong-doing’ and stopped teasing the younger children.

After the first successful hunt, Maurice pretends to be a pig when the other boys pretend to attack him, foreshadowing future events …

Maurice becomes one of the first members of Jack’s ‘savage’ tribe and volunteers to steal fire from Ralph’s camp, attacking Piggy and stealing his spectacles.