Catching Fire

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Peeta Mellark Character Analysis

The handsome, politically savvy, and immensely compassionate co-champion (along with Katniss Everdeen) of the Hunger Games, Peeta struggles with conflicted feelings for Katniss throughout the book. He’s very attracted to Katniss, and professes his love for her many times. In many ways, this love grows stronger during the course of the book, as Peeta and Katniss bond over their shared experiences in the previous Hunger Games. At the same time, Peeta recognizes that Katniss doesn’t return his feelings, and only marries him to please President Coriolanus Snow. He’s also jealous of Katniss’s feelings for her friend Gale Hawthorne. In the end, Peeta’s fate is highly poignant: he reconfirms his loyalty to Katniss by protecting her at all costs, but also knows that she’s unable to make up her mind whether she loves him or Gale.

Peeta Mellark Quotes in Catching Fire

The Catching Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Peeta Mellark or refer to Peeta Mellark . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scholastic Press edition of Catching Fire published in 2013.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Did I do it? Was it enough? Was giving everything over to you, keeping up the game, promising to marry Peeta enough?
In answer, he gives an almost imperceptible shake of his head.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , President Coriolanus Snow
Page Number: 74
Explanation and Analysis:

At the conclusion of Katniss's Victory Tour, Katniss is unsure if she's pleased President Snow or not. While she's been careful not to say anything that could be interpreted as a denunciation of Snow's government, Katniss has inadvertently caused riots and rebellions across Panem. (A few chapters after this quote, Katniss realizes just how successful she's been in challenging the government's authority: she's caused full-scale uprisings against the Capitol in several districts.)

The quote also illustrates the extent to which Katniss will go to protect her family and keep up appearances. Because she's afraid that her mother and sister will be murdered for her defiance of the rules, Katniss tries to overcompensate by getting engaged to Peeta, her co-champion in the Hunger Games. While Katniss has romantic feelings for her childhood friend, Gale, she's loyal first and foremost to her family. Thus, she decides to marry Peeta in the hopes that she'll entertain the country and please Snow. Snow's shake of the head, however, seems to indicate that Katniss hasn't done enough to neutralize her own threat. But because Snow's gesture is so small and hard to read, it's not completely clear if Katniss's interpretation is right or wrong. Snow's head-shake is only the first of many ambiguous symbols and speeches in this book.

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Chapter 12 Quotes

[Gale] must also know that if we don’t revolt in 12, I’m destined to be Peeta’s bride. Seeing me lounging around in gorgeous gowns on his television… what can he do with that?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Gale Hawthorne
Page Number: 170
Explanation and Analysis:

This darkly humorous quotation shows the psychological consequences of living in a world where one's actions are filmed and recorded at all times. After a Victory Tour and a session in the Hunger Games, Katniss is used to being watched. With opposition to the government at an all-time high in District 12, Katniss is well aware that there might be a rebellion in the District very soon—by the same token, she knows that government officials like President Snow and Romulus Thread are aware of the rebellion, too. In this section, Katniss finds herself thinking like Thread; i.e., putting herself in the position of a government official. She's so used to being watched that the thought process comes naturally to her.

Furthermore, Katniss's thoughts about the uprising in District 12 betray some of the weaknesses in the government of Panem. Although the government has an obvious interest in subduing the 12 districts of Panem, it also draws a lot of its power from the Hunger Games—in other words, from creating action, excitement, and violence. Katniss is only half-joking when she says that Thread has no interest in keeping her subdued and boring in her wedding dress. As absurd as it sounds, the government partly has an interest in creating a revolt in District 12: it thrives on diversions of exactly this kind. Katniss's joke reminds us that she is both an asset and a liability for the government: she entertains the masses (the source of the government's power) but also has the potential to mobilize the masses against the government.

Chapter 13 Quotes

I’m glad I won only last year. Otherwise I’d know all the other victors, not just because I see them on television but because they’re guests at every Games. Even if they’re not mentoring like Haymitch always has to, most return to the Capitol each year for the event. I think a lot of them are friends. Whereas the only friend I’ll have to worry about killing will be either Peeta or Haymitch.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Haymitch Abernathy
Page Number: 176
Explanation and Analysis:

Katniss has been summoned to the Capitol to compete in another edition of the Hunger Games. When she arrives, she's intimidated but also strangely relieved: because of her youth, she hasn't made any lasting friendships with the other competitors. Unlike the other competitors, then, she'll have less guilt about killing her opponents (with the obvious exceptions of Haymitch and Peeta). Katniss's observation is also oddly characteristic of her personality, because it's both callous and compassionate. On one hand, the quote suggests that Katniss will have no problem killing dozens of people, simply because she's never met them before. On the other, the quote suggests that Katniss is thinking about guilt and loss, and that she has compassion for some people (such as Peeta) and empathy for others (who must struggle to kill their friends). In general, then, the quote illustrates the two sides of Katniss's complex personality: her brutality and her compassion.

Chapter 16 Quotes

“I like the District Three victors,” I say. “Wiress and Beetee.”
“Really?” he asks. “They’re something of a joke to the others.”
“Why does that not surprise me?” I say. I think of how Peeta was always surrounded at school by a crowd of friends.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark (speaker), Wiress , Beetee
Page Number: 220
Explanation and Analysis:

At this point, Katniss and Peeta are trying to build a team of allies so that they can survive the Hunger Games. Katniss's approach to recruiting teammates is vastly different from Peeta's, shedding light on the differences between their personalities. While Katniss favors competitors who are calm, quiet, and intelligent, Peeta favors competitors who are strong, fast, or otherwise athletic. (In short, Katniss and Peeta like competitors who mirror their own personalities.) As Katniss correctly points out, Peeta's preference for "jocks" and gregarious friends stretches all the way back to his time in school, when he was always very popular.

Katniss's disagreement with Peeta reminds readers that they're far from a perfectly compatible couple; on the contrary, they're very different people. The differences between Katniss and Peeta are especially important in light of the "love triangle" between Gale, Peeta, and Katniss. From what we've seen of Gale, he's closer to Katniss's personality than Peeta is, at least in terms of quietness and introversion. 

Chapter 22 Quotes

I stare into the night, thinking of what a difference a day makes. How yesterday morning, Finnick was on my kill list, and now I’m willing to sleep with him as my guard. He saved Peeta and let Mags die and I don’t know why.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Finnick Odair , Mags
Page Number: 314
Explanation and Analysis:

During the Hunger Games, Katniss makes alliances with her competitors, and changes these alliances several times. For instance, she begins by thinking that Finnick Odair is a devious, dangerous young man, but after Finnick saves Peeta's life not once but twice, Katniss decides that can trust Finnick—there's no reason for Finnick to save Peeta's life, except that he, like Katniss, is trying to help Peeta survive.

The passage is also important because it reinforces the theme of ambiguous symbols. Here, one could say that Finnick himself is the "symbol"—he projects an image of seductive, untrustworthy charm, yet also displays clear signs of compassion and honesty. Katniss is unsure how to interpret Finnick's behavior, pointing toward her general confusion about how to interpret the Hunger Games, her friends' actions, and her place as a celebrity in Panem.

Chapter 27 Quotes

But will Peeta know that or will he keep fighting? He’s so strong and such a good liar. Does he think he has a chance of surviving? Does he even care if he does? He wasn’t planning on it, anyway. He had already signed off on life. Maybe, if he knows I was rescued, he’s even happy. Feels he fulfilled his mission to keep me alive. I think I hate him even more than I do Haymitch.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Haymitch Abernathy
Page Number: 387
Explanation and Analysis:

In the final pages of Catching Fire, Katniss is rescued by a group of rebels including Haymitch, Plutarch Heavensbee, and others. Peeta, on the other hand, is kidnapped by the government of Panem and placed in captivity as a warning to Katniss, now perceived (correctly) as an enemy of the government. In simplest terms, Katniss was trying to save Peeta's life by sacrificing her own, only to find that Peeta's life has been placed in danger because of her own rebellious escape (and furthermore, he was trying to sacrifice his life to save hers).

As Katniss realizes, she's become increasingly emotionally reliant on other people since winning the Hunger Games last year. Traumatized by the violence she witnessed, she's relied on Peeta (one of the few people who understands what she's going through) for love and understanding. The advantage of emotional dependence is that in Peeta, Katniss has a good friend: someone who can empathize with her and lessen her pain. But the challenge of emotional dependence, of course, is that when Katniss loses Peeta to the government, she feels more pain than she ever thought was possible: her connection with Peeta is now a horrible burden. In the depths of her misery, Katniss even says that she hates Peeta—a clear sign that she resents the bond of guilt and fear that now links her to him.

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Peeta Mellark Character Timeline in Catching Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Peeta Mellark appears in Catching Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...was a resident of the Hob, Greasy Sae, who raised funds to “sponsor” Katniss and Peeta during the Games. During the Games, Districts are allowed to pay for gifts for their... (full context)
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...that reporters have circulated about Gale. Because reporters wanted to ”play up” Katniss’s romance with Peeta during the Games, they couldn’t have Gale, who’s very handsome, distracting from the story. Thus,... (full context)
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...huge house in the Village, which she shares with her mother and sister. Haymitch and Peeta have similarly massive houses. Katniss walks into Haymitch’s house, which is luxurious but filthy, since... (full context)
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As Katniss and Haymitch bicker, Peeta walks into the room. He has been baking bread in Haymitch’s house—Katniss notes that this... (full context)
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...be here: he’s angry with Katniss for disobeying the rules of the Games and allowing Peeta to win the Games along with her—usually, only one victor is allowed every year. This... (full context)
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Snow continues to prod Katniss for weaknesses. He asks her how Peeta, the “love of her life” has been, and notes that she’s clearly indifferent to him.... (full context)
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...had after her victory. Gale, she sensed, was angry with her for seeming to love Peeta. Katniss didn’t know how to explain herself to Gale, but she strongly wanted to go... (full context)
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...to hurt Gale. She promises to behave during her Victory Tour by pretending to love Peeta. Snow smiles and nods—this is exactly what he wants to hear. He stands up to... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...way of protecting her love ones’ lives is to pretend to be in love with Peeta, thereby giving the reporters and audiences what they want. (full context)
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...“wonderful thing” her mother did for her: when reporters asked her mother about Katniss’s “boyfriend,” Peeta, her mother replied that Katniss was too young to have a boyfriend at all. (full context)
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...she told him about Snow’s threat, he could be executed. Katniss could also talk to Peeta. Previously, she’s made it clear to him that she was only pretending to be in... (full context)
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...get to work on her “talent.” Ever victor of the Games, traditionally, must have a talent—Peeta’s talent, for instance, is painting. Katniss thinks that she has no talent but hunting. Cinna... (full context)
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Katniss walks toward the train station, surrounded by her entourage, and by reporters. She approaches Peeta and gives him a kiss—the first kiss she’s given him in months. Peeta is nervous... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss walk to the train station, where they’re ready to leave District 12, along... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...train car and sits alone, thinking about what Haymitch has told her. If she marries Peeta, she realizes, Snow might try to pressure her into having children. This means that her... (full context)
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...thinking about Gale and her family. She resolves to appear to be in love with Peeta, thereby keeping them safe. (full context)
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...that surrounds the train tracks. As she walks around, she hears a voice and turns—it’s Peeta. (full context)
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Peeta tells Katniss that he needs to talk to her about Gale. He admits that he’s... (full context)
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Peeta offers to show Katniss his paintings, which have an entire train car to themselves. He... (full context)
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As the train arrives in District 11, Peeta and Katniss see a huge barbed wire fence with large metal towers positioned along it.... (full context)
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In District 11, Effie has arranged for Peeta and Katniss to greet the District Mayor and read a scripted thank-you that the Capitol... (full context)
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Katniss, Peeta, and their entourage are welcomed off their train by a group of “Peacekeepers” (government soldiers).... (full context)
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The ceremony concludes, and Peeta and Katniss are escorted out of the Justice Building. As Katniss leaves, she sees a... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Katniss and Peeta there are rushed back to a small room in the Justice Building, from which they’ve... (full context)
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...banquet hall where, presumably, they were supposed to eat dinner. Haymitch notices that Katniss and Peeta have been fitted with microphones for the ceremony—he rips these off their chests and throws... (full context)
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Haymitch leads Peeta and Katniss up a ladder, which leads to the dome at the top of the... (full context)
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Peeta is angry that Katniss didn’t tell her about her conversation with Snow. He explains that... (full context)
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...the dome with Haymitch, asks him about favoritism. Haymitch tells her that he always preferred Peeta to her, but when he noticed that Peeta was protecting Katniss, he realized that he... (full context)
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As Katniss, Peeta, and their entourage prepare to go to their dinner, Effie complains that she doesn’t like... (full context)
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The narrative “fast forwards” to describe Katniss and Peeta’s tour routine. They ride in the train, arrive at each new district, make polite speeches,... (full context)
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...sleep, and begins to lose weight. At night, she pictures the horror of the Games. Peeta sleeps in Katniss’s bed because it calms her and helps her sleep, and this fact... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta take up residence in the Training Center of the Capitol, where they’d previously spent time... (full context)
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The night after Katniss discusses marriage with Peeta, they appear on the stage of the Training Center to talk with Caesar Flickerman, a... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...that she’s infuriated Snow. She imagines leaving District 12 and going into the wilderness with Peeta, her family, Haymitch, and Gale and his family. (full context)
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...by cheering crowds, she continues to smile at President Snow. Snow proposes that she and Peeta get married in the Capitol, a suggestion that makes the crowd cheer. Onstage, Katniss banters... (full context)
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Following her performance with Peeta, Katniss attends an enormous banquet. For the first time since her tour began, Katniss feels... (full context)
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...of the entourage gorge themselves on food and drink copious amounts of alcohol, Katniss and Peeta find it impossible to enjoy themselves at the banquet. Together, they go to the dance... (full context)
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...man named Plutarch Heavensbee introduces himself to Katniss as the new Head Gamekeeper, and asks Peeta if he can steal Katniss for a dance. Peeta obliges, and Plutarch begins to dance... (full context)
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...leaving the Capitol. Katniss falls asleep, exhausted. The next day, she wakes up to find Peeta sleeping next to her. Peeta tells her that he sleeps better with Katniss, since his... (full context)
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...train is nearing District 12, where there will be a huge Harvest Festival. Katniss and Peeta go to the house of the mayor, Undersee, to plan the details. After arriving at... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...tells him. Gale coolly thanks her for informing him, and makes a sarcastic comment about Peeta, Katniss’s new husband. Katniss protests that their marriage is only for show. (full context)
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Katniss explains to Gale her decision to marry Peeta. She mentions Snow’s visit to her house and the shootings in District 11. Then, she... (full context)
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...She also adds that she’ll try to bring her own family, along with Haymitch and Peeta—but the mention of Peeta angers Gale. Katniss insists that they must all leave together, or... (full context)
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...and walks through the woods back to her home in Victor’s Village. She must find Peeta, she decides, and convince him to leave with her. In Victor’s Village, Katniss finds Peeta... (full context)
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In the square, Katniss and Peeta see a large crowd gathered around a mysterious object. When the crowd notices Katniss, they... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...up. The Peacekeeper looks nervous, but he explains that Gale was poaching illegally. Together, Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch order the Peacekeeper to stop whipping Gale, threatening to use their influence against... (full context)
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Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch untie Gale from his whipping post. He is unconscious from the pain. They... (full context)
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...but her mother refuses. Katniss tries to find the stronger painkillers, and her mother tells Peeta and Haymitch to drag her from the room, which they do. (full context)
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Peeta and Haymitch drag Katniss to another room of her house, where they stay with her.... (full context)
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Someone shakes Katniss’s shoulder—she’s been sleeping next to Gale. It is Peeta, staring at Katniss very sadly. Katniss feels guilty for lying next to Gale. Katniss starts... (full context)
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...to sleep in her own room. She dreams about the Hunger Games, and wishes that Peeta were there to keep her safe. Then she remembers that she’s decided to join forces... (full context)
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Katniss’s mother tells Katniss that Peeta left early in the morning, and suggests that Katniss call him to make sure he... (full context)
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After two days, the blizzard subsides. Katniss calls Peeta and tells him to meet her in the square in the center of District 12,... (full context)
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Katniss walks to the square with Haymitch and Peeta. When they arrive, she notices that the area has been transformed in the last few... (full context)
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As Katniss and Peeta walk through the streets, they notice how terrified the people of District 12 have become... (full context)
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After their brief visit with Hazelle, Katniss and Peeta prepare to walk back to Victor’s Village. Katniss says that she wants to walk through... (full context)
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...Katniss cannot understand what Snow is planning. It seems that he wants Katniss to marry Peeta, only to kill them both afterwards. (full context)
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...that Katniss came to District 8, the rebels were preparing for an uprising. Later, when Peeta proposed to Katniss in the Capitol, the rebels used the celebration as a pretext for... (full context)
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...Bonnie and their information about District 13. Over the course of the next few days, Peeta visits Katniss and helps her assemble a “family book.” In District 12, every family keeps... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...being excluded from future competitions. Now, she faces the possibility of competing against her friends, Peeta and Haymitch. (full context)
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...that Katniss has come to beg him to compete in the Games in place of Peeta. He adds that Peeta has already asked him for the opposite favor—Peeta wants to compete... (full context)
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...drink together. Katniss accuses Haymitch of hating his life, and Haymitch agrees. He adds that Peeta is a hundred times the competitor Katniss is, a suggestion Katniss ignores. Katniss proposes that... (full context)
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Katniss walks downstairs, where she finds Peeta and Haymitch waiting for her. Peeta announces that he’s poured out all of Haymitch’s alcohol,... (full context)
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For the following days, Peeta, Katniss, and Haymitch prepare for the Hunger Games. They watch old footage of the victors,... (full context)
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...to build snares and traps. Gale reluctantly admits that he can’t force himself to hate Peeta, even though he’s jealous of Katniss’s marriage. Katniss privately worries that Gale might start an... (full context)
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...quick: the district assembles outside the Justice Building, Effie reads Katniss’s name, followed Haymitch’s, and Peeta volunteers to take Haymitch’s place. Afterwards, Peeta and Katniss are marched into a train, escorted... (full context)
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Katniss sits in the train, watching District 12 recede from view. Peeta, who is sitting next to her, assures Katniss that they’ll write letters to their loved... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta eat dinner with Haymitch and Effie in the train. Effie mentions that she’ll be wearing... (full context)
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...thinking that he must be awake, too. In the compartment next to hers, she finds Peeta, watching old footage of Hunger Games starring Brutus, a middle-aged competitor who has volunteered to... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta watch the tapes of previous Games together. In one clip, government officials in District 12... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss watch as the Games in their clip draw to a close. Haymitch and... (full context)
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...Haymitch have both been disobedient to the Capitol—thus, they’ll have to work together to help Peeta survive. (full context)
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...and complimenting her dress, but Katniss doesn’t feel any attraction to him. When he sees Peeta walking toward him, Finnick leaves Katniss. Peeta doesn’t seem jealous—he thinks Finnick is a little... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta hold hands—they’re both terrified of the Games, and nervous for the Opening Ceremony, which begins... (full context)
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The Opening Ceremony begins, and Peeta and Katniss rush to the chariot that will lead them around the massive City Circle... (full context)
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The chariot completes its cycle, and Peeta and Katniss return to the Training Center, where Cinna is waiting for them. Katniss notices... (full context)
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...the competitors to elevators that take them to their rooms. Standing in the elevator with Peeta, Katniss notices Johanna Mason, a victor who won the Games by pretending to be weak... (full context)
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Johanna walks off the elevator, still naked. Peeta, grinning, tells Katniss that the other competitors see Katniss as “pure” and incorruptible—thus, they’re all... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...rushes over to clean it, she bends over to touch his hand. After dinner, she, Peeta, and her entourage watch a recap of the Opening Ceremony. She notes that while a... (full context)
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...next morning, after a night of nightmares about the competition, Katniss eats breakfast. She and Peeta must be at the Training Center by 10 AM. Before they leave, Haymitch advises them... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss arrive at the Training Center. Most of the other tributes are late. As... (full context)
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...tributes eat together. Katniss is about to sit with Wiress and Beetee when she sees Peeta and a group of ten other tributes dragging all the tables together, forcing everyone to... (full context)
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...Center. The other tributes then begin to regard her with respect, she notices. Katniss tells Peeta that she keeps remembering that soon, she’ll need to kill all the other tributes—except for... (full context)
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...required to appear before the Gamemakers, one by one, and show them their special “talent.” Peeta tells Katniss that he’s unsure what he should do—he wishes he could bake them a... (full context)
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...last tribute to appear before the Gamemakers, since she is the woman from District 12. Peeta goes immediately before her. When Katniss walks into the Gamemakers’ room, she sees that the... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...and sent to her room, as the other tributes have been. There, Haymitch, Effie, and Peeta are waiting. Peeta explains, a little reluctantly, that he painted a picture of Rue on... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta retire to their room. Katniss suggests a disturbing possibility: Snow will make sure that they’re... (full context)
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The next morning, Katniss and Peeta wake up in each other’s arms. Peeta says that he wants to spend the remainder... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Katniss’s interview ends, and Peeta walks onto the stage to follow her. He and Flickerman banter and crack jokes, but... (full context)
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Just as Peeta’s interview is about to come to an end, he tells Flickerman that he and Katniss... (full context)
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Peeta walks to Katniss, tears in his eyes, and Katniss wonders if the tears are real... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss return to their room, where Haymitch is waiting for them. He explains that... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss go to bed together, not wanting to be apart. The next day, they... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...Cornucopia. Katniss and Finnick decide to leave as quickly as they can. Suddenly, they see Peeta swimming toward the Cornucopia. Finnick offers to help him onto shore, noting that Katniss—whom he... (full context)
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Finnick dives into the water to fetch Peeta. Meanwhile, Katniss notices an old woman from District 4, Mags, and the group of four... (full context)
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...for his or her talents for killing. As Katniss and Finnick stare at each other, Peeta stands between them and suggests that they find drinkable water. Katniss agrees, reasoning that she... (full context)
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The group walks forward, and notices a strange “square” hanging above the trees. Peeta climbs the tree and tries to use his knife to probe the area. Katniss notices... (full context)
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Peeta lies on the ground, unconscious, having just been electrocuted by a force field. Over Katniss’s... (full context)
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After Finnick blows into Peeta’s mouth, Peeta slowly regains consciousness. Katniss begins to laugh and cry with joy, and she... (full context)
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...only laughs. Katniss wonders how Finnick could be so cavalier about Mags and yet save Peeta’s life. (full context)
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Katniss realizes that the force field that nearly killed Peeta is guarding the edge of the arena. She tries to find a high-enough point to... (full context)
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Katniss climbs down and reports what she’s seen to Finnick, Mags, and Peeta. It occurs to her that their island is particularly small, and seems not to have... (full context)
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It is late afternoon. Because Mags and Peeta are exhausted, the group sets up camp. They eat more of the nuts that Mags... (full context)
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...Then, a parachute falls from the skies, landing next to the group. Inside the parachute, Peeta finds a small metal rod. No one is sure what to do with it until... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Having discovered a dangerous fog, Katniss yells for Finnick, Mags, and Peeta to run away as fast as they can. The four run through the jungle. Katniss... (full context)
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The fog paralyzes Peeta’s legs, and Mags is similarly unable to move. Finnick volunteers to carry Peeta, and tells... (full context)
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Peeta, Katniss, and Finnick try to carry on, abandoning Mags’s body. Just when it seems that... (full context)
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...they’re confronted with an intimidating sight: a huge pack of monkeys climbing through the trees. Peeta makes the mistake of making direct eye contact with a member of the pack, and... (full context)
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...the monkeys suddenly and unexpectedly retreat, as if the Gamemakers are calling them away. Alone, Peeta, Finnick, and Katniss notice the tribute from District 6. The monkey’s bite has seriously injured... (full context)
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...draw more water from it. It is almost dawn when they’ve finished drinking. Katniss and Peeta go to rest, trusting Finnick to guard them. Finnick makes nets and baskets, which he... (full context)
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Katniss, Finnick, and Peeta notice another group of three in the distance. They’re “in bad shape,” with one member... (full context)
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...fog and the monkeys. Quickly, Katniss explains her clock theory to Johanna, Beetee, Finnick, and Peeta. As she explains, she remembers the watch Plutarch was wearing during her Victory Tour: this... (full context)
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...however, as Katniss knows that she can’t kill him herself, after everything he’s done for Peeta. (full context)
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...the lumber district, and has probably been wielding axes since she was a child. Meanwhile, Peeta sketches a rough map of the island in the sand. Each twelfth of the arena... (full context)
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...kills the Career who killed Wiress, Gloss. Enobaria throws a knife into Finnick’s thigh. Finnick, Peeta, Katniss, Johanna, and Beetee chase away the two remaining Careers, Brutus and Enobaria. Then, the... (full context)
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...the jungle, noting that it’s “monkey hour.” Johanna tells Katniss and Finnick to find water. Peeta will make another map of the arena. Katniss wonders if Johanna and Finnick are working... (full context)
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Katniss and Finnick turn to see Peeta, Beetee, and Johanna standing only a few feet away from them. There is another force... (full context)
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The remainder of the hour passes, painfully slowly. When it’s over, Peeta tries to comfort Katniss, but she insists that somewhere, their loved ones are being tortured.... (full context)
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The group moves on. Katniss asks Peeta about the woman Finnick heard, Annie. Peeta guesses that this must be Annie Cresta, the... (full context)
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...up camp, thinking that they’ll have twelve hours of safety. Everyone falls asleep except for Peeta and Katniss. Katniss notices that Finnick calls Annie’s name in his sleep. (full context)
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Peeta talks with Katniss about Haymitch and the inevitable end of the Games. Haymitch has promised... (full context)
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Peeta leaves Katniss by herself, and Katniss thinks to herself that Peeta is the only person... (full context)
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The next morning, Katniss wakes up, thinking of Peeta. Then, she realizes that she’ll probably be dead by the end of the day. Her... (full context)
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Peeta tells Katniss that Beetee is constructing a trap for Brutus and Enobaria. Beetee reveals his... (full context)
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...uncoiling wire around the tree and across the beach. Beetee explains that he, Finnick, and Peeta will go back to the lighting zone and tie more wire around the tree. Johanna... (full context)
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As she lies on the ground, Katniss thinks about Peeta, who is surely about to be killed by Finnick. Summoning her remaining strength, Katniss stands... (full context)
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...lightning zone. There, she’s surprised to find Beetee lying on the ground, wounded and clutching Peeta’s knife. Katniss notices that Beetee is lying close to the force field, and also that... (full context)
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Suddenly, Katniss hears Peeta’s voice, calling for her. Before she has time to register where Peeta is standing, she... (full context)
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...die. Katniss feels a sense of acute failure, as she hasn’t been able to save Peeta’s life. (full context)
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...up, and wonders why the Gamemakers don’t simply let them die. This reminds her of Peeta. She wonders if she should try to find Peeta and kill him quickly and painlessly,... (full context)
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Haymitch continues to explain the details of his plan to Katniss. Neither Peeta nor Katniss was informed of the plan, because, if the plan backfired, they’d have plausible... (full context)
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Haymitch then tells Katniss that the Capitol has kidnapped Peeta, Johanna, and Enobaria. Katniss is furious at this news, and she screams at Haymitch, until... (full context)