Cinder

by

Marissa Meyer

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Peony Character Analysis

Peony is Cinder’s 14-year-old stepsister, Pearl’s younger sister, and Adri’s daughter. Unlike Pearl, Peony is kind to Cinder, but she is powerless to stop her mother and sister from abusing Cinder. Peony loves Prince Kai and is particularly excited when she learns that Cinder met the prince at her mechanic’s booth. One day, when Peony accompanies Cinder to a junkyard, she falls ill with letumosis, and med-droids take her to the quarantines. Cinder tries tirelessly to help ease Peony’s suffering and works with Dr. Erland to find a cure, but Peony ultimately dies of the disease.

Peony Quotes in Cinder

The Cinder quotes below are all either spoken by Peony or refer to Peony. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Feiwel and Friends edition of Cinder published in 2012.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Irritation hardened in Cinder’s gut. She might have pointed out that Pearl and Peony could have been given ready-made rather than custom dresses in order to budget for Cinder’s as well. She might have pointed out that they would only wear their dresses one time too. She might have pointed out that, as she was the one doing the work, the money should have been hers to spend as she saw fit. But all arguments would come to nothing. Legally, Cinder belonged to Adri as much as the household android and so too did her money, her few possessions, even the new foot she’d just attached. Adri loved to remind her of that.

Related Characters: Cinder/Princess Selene, Adri, Pearl, Peony, Iko
Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 24
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Lunars were a society that had evolved from an Earthen moon colony centuries ago, but they weren’t human anymore. People said Lunars could alter a person’s brain—make you see things you shouldn’t see, feel things you shouldn’t feel, do things you didn’t want to do. Their unnatural power had made them a greedy and violent race, and Queen Levana was the worst of all of them.

Page Number: 43
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“I’m not sure I would label it a ‘survivor,’” said Iko, her sensor darkening with disgust. “It looks more like a rotting pumpkin.”

Cinder shut the hood with a bang, sending an impressive dust cloud over the android. “What was that about having a fantastic imagination? With some attention and a good cleaning, it could be restored to its former glory.”

Related Characters: Iko (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Peony, Adri
Page Number: 47
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Chapter 15 Quotes

And maybe she’d been right to do it. Maybe it was Cinder’s duty as a cyborg to sacrifice herself so all the normal humans could be cured. Maybe it did make sense to use the ones who had already been tampered with. But Cinder knew she would never forgive Adri for it. The woman was supposed to be the one to protect her, to help her. If Adri and Pearl were her only family left, she would be better off alone.

Related Characters: Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Adri, Peony
Page Number: 131
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 24 Quotes

Instead of kissing her, he whispered, “Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would. you do?”

The warm air enclosed her. So close, she could catch a faint soapy smell coming from him.

His eyes bored into hers, waiting, a tinge desperate.

Cinder wet her mouth. “Ruin my life to save a million others? It’s not much of a choice.”

His lips parted—she had no choice but to look at them and then immediately back into his eyes. She could almost count the black lashes around them. But then a sadness filtered into his gaze.

“You’re right. There’s no real choice.”

Related Characters: Prince Kai (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Queen Levana, Nainsi, Dr. Erland, Peony
Page Number: 223
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Chapter 32 Quotes

Levana knew he had been searching for Princess Selene. She would kill him. She would take over the Commonwealth. She would wage war on…on the whole planet.

She grasped her head as the world spun around her.

She had to warn him. She couldn’t let him make the announcement.

She could send him a comm, but what were the chances he was checking them during the ball?

The ball.

Cinder peered down at her drab clothes. Her empty ankle. Peony’s dress. The old foot that Iko had saved. The silk gloves. Her head bobbed before she knew what she was agreeing to, and she used the shelves to pull herself to standing. “I’ll go,” she muttered, “I’ll find him.”

Related Characters: Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Prince Kai, Queen Levana, Iko, Peony, Adri
Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 323
Explanation and Analysis:
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Peony Character Timeline in Cinder

The timeline below shows where the character Peony appears in Cinder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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After Kai leaves, Iko fawns over the prince. Cinder is excited to tell her stepsister Peony about his visit, as she loves the prince. She then begins attaching her new foot—she’s... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...the 18th floor. There, Adri is instructing a seamstress to make adjustments on Pearl and Peony’s dresses as they get fitted. She wants the dresses exceptionally tight and flattering so that... (full context)
Chapter 3
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At that moment, Peony comes into the basement in her dress, and Cinder compliments her. Peony complains that Adri... (full context)
Chapter 4
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As Cinder, Iko, and Peony walk to the junkyard, Cinder tells Peony about Prince Kai’s visit to her booth. While... (full context)
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...prosthetic foot’s calf compartment. Cinder and Iko then look for other hovers to scavenge, while Peony informs them that Prince Kai is going to look for a bride at the ball.... (full context)
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...suggests that it could be her escape car to travel to Europe. As Iko and Peony protest that the car would never make it out of the city, Cinder notices a... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Realizing that she has letumosis, Peony begins to scream, telling Cinder to back away so that Cinder doesn’t get the disease.... (full context)
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Suddenly, emergency androids arrive. Cinder directs them to Peony, and they ask if Cinder has had contact with Peony in the past 12 hours.... (full context)
Chapter 6
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As Cinder and Iko walk home from the junkyard, Cinder feels nauseous knowing that Peony is already dying. When Cinder arrives home, med-droids are already there, and Adri and Pearl... (full context)
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...who took Cinder in. Upset, Adri insists that Garan died because of Cinder, and now Peony is going to die because of Cinder as well. Cinder protests that she didn’t ask... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...time, in her dream, she is surrounded by letumosis victims who are all in agony—including Peony. Then, suddenly, she can open her eyes, and in a mirror on the wall, she... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...also stop the cyborg draft, and he could pay her as well. Cinder thinks of Peony, hoping that what Dr. Erland says is true. She agrees to continue participating in the... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...however, points out that Adri probably won’t let her go anyway. Just then, Cinder notices Peony’s dress in a corner of her workspace. It’s wrinkled and dirty, but it’s still beautiful.... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...As soon as she opens her eyes, she receives a notification on her interface that Peony has entered the third stage of letumosis. Immediately, she calls a hover for the first... (full context)
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...in the facility, with med-droids moving between them to deliver food and water. Cinder finds Peony asleep, shivering and sweating. Peony wakes and begs Cinder to take her home, but Cinder... (full context)
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Cinder promises Peony to return as soon as she can. As she turns to leave, she hears someone... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...he can avoid Queen Levana. Cinder tries a final protest, explaining that her little stepsister Peony has letumosis, and she can’t go without her. Cinder then tells him about Peony and... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...find a cure. At that moment, she receives a notification on her brain interface that Peony has entered the fourth stage of letumosis. When she tells Dr. Erland this, he gives... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Cinder races to the quarantines as fast as she can and finds Peony, whose whole body is covered in dark splotches. As Cinder tries to get Peony to... (full context)
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Cinder sees a med-droid coming to take out Peony’s ID chip—but before it can, she grabs the scalpel, jams it through the android’s sensor,... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...sold off some of Cinder’s belongings so that they can pay for a plaque for Peony’s funeral. (full context)
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...human, she can’t even cry. Adri says it isn’t fair that Cinder is alive while Peony is dead. Cinder says it’s not her fault that Peony died, or that she’s a... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...and says she could have asked Kai to dance with Pearl—he agreed to dance with Peony before she passed away. Pearl angrily tells Cinder that she shouldn’t even use Peony’s name,... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...and Pearl leave for the ball, Cinder returns to the apartment to pack. She tucks Peony’s ID chip and Iko’s personality chip in her calf compartment before returning to the basement,... (full context)
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...going to announce his intent to marry Levana at the ball that evening. Picking up Peony’s dress, the small mechanical foot, and the silk gloves, Cinder resolves to go to the... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Before Cinder reaches Kai, Adri confronts Cinder about Peony’s dress, and Pearl glares at her for stealing her boots. Adri calls Cinder a thief... (full context)
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...her. But soon, Cinder realizes that Kai is asking why she didn’t tell him about Peony’s death. He says he feels bad that he didn’t know. Cinder is devastated, realizing that... (full context)