As Kwame throws questions at Amari, he punches and stabs Tzain. Amari cries, thinking of Binta and others who have suffered for her.
Amari guiltily feels like her quest to bring peace has resulted in only more violence so far.
Suddenly, another girl rushes in to tell them the encampment is under attack. After Kwame runs out of the tent, Amari breaks her restraints, thinking she should have fought harder when she was in the palace.
Amari regrets that she didn’t rebel sooner, before more blood was shed. She has new perspective on the time she spent reluctantly acquiescing to her parents’ demands.
The girl rushes back in, and Amari wrestles her to the ground. She is about to strike her with the bone dagger, but she thinks of all the pain Saran’s violence has brought. She cannot be like him. Instead, she knocks the girl unconscious. Amari braces Tzain against her, and pulls him out of the tent.
Amari was angered and saddened by the violence that had been committed in her name, but when the moment came, she was almost overwhelmed by a desire to strike. Violence can be cyclical in that way, exciting both regret and a desire for revenge. However, Amari also felt the desire to differentiate herself from her bloodthirsty father—so, she chose to turn away from his teaching and hold back from hurting someone.