The ship approaches the island, which materializes in the morning light. By interrogating the guards, Roën gained useful information about where soldiers will be stationed. By sneaking onto the island in stolen uniforms, the group hopes to maintain an element of surprise.
Roën’s target use of violence shows that it can be a useful tactic, and may be necessary in some cases.
Zélie addresses the assembled group. Her heart is in her throat knowing she may not be able to complete the ceremony at all. Still, she knows she must try to bolster her friends. She tells them their reasons for fighting far outweigh their fears. They have all been wronged by the guards and the monarchy, and now is the time to settle the score. Everyone cheers.
Zélie feels committed to this newfound community and the cause they have taken up together, so she puts aside her own fears. She also puts a voice to the entire goal of the revolution: in order to overturn the injustice constantly perpetrated by the monarchy, the divîners and their allies must fight back and restore some semblance of a balance of power.