Not us till last

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Piggy glanced round quickly, then leaned close— “don’t let on we was in that dance. Not to Samneric.”
“But we were! All of us!”
Piggy shook his head. “Not us till last. They never noticed in the dark. Anyway you said I was only on the outside.”
Lord of Flies by William Golding

Could you rewrite the marked phrase so that it'd not be abbreviated?
Thank you.

(I think it means "we were not in that dance till last", right?)
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    Your interpretation is right. Piggy is saying that they weren't part of the dance until the last moments of the dance.


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Though it could be interpreted either way, I think it means "we didn't participate in the last part of the dance".
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