Divergent

Beatrice Prior / Tris Character Analysis

Beatrice, or Tris, is the protagonist and heroine of Divergent: a brave, curious young woman who struggles to find an identity for herself and also feels a strong desire to protect other people. At the beginning of the novel, Tris lives in Abnegation; i.e., she lives a monastic, ascetic life. Although she lives in a society where all people must choose between one of five factions—essentially, five personality types—Tris refuses (and indeed is unable) to be bound by any one of these. This makes her “Divergent,” a quality that has both its positives and its negatives—the most obvious drawback being that the government wants to kill off anyone who doesn’t conform to a faction. She chooses to train and live among the Dauntless—those who prize courage and bravery—and yet even among the Dauntless, she feels a profound sense of dissatisfaction. Over the course of the book, Tris develops a “moral code” of her own—influenced, but not defined by the laws and rules of Dauntless or Abnegation. As a part of this moral code, Tris learns to protect other people, even when doing so endangers her own life. And yet Tris also learns how to respect herself and take care of herself—in short, she learns how to be selfish and selfless. Even at the end of the novel, Tris isn’t sure what kind of person she is, or what community she belongs to. We can expect that she’ll confront these questions in the next two books in the Divergent trilogy.

Beatrice Prior / Tris Quotes in Divergent

The Divergent quotes below are all either spoken by Beatrice Prior / Tris or refer to Beatrice Prior / Tris. 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 Katherine Tegen Books edition of Divergent published in 2011.
Chapter 1 Quotes

We walk together to the kitchen. On these mornings when my brother makes breakfast, and my father’s hand skims my hair as he reads the newspaper, and my mother hums as she clears the table— it is on these mornings that I feel guiltiest for wanting to leave them.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Natalie Prior, Andrew Prior, Caleb Prior
Page Number: 3
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Chapter 3 Quotes

“Beatrice,” she says, “under no circumstances should you share that information with anyone. This is very important.”
“We aren’t supposed to share our results.” I nod. “I know that.”
“No.” Tori kneels next to the chair now and places her arms on the armrest. Our faces are inches apart. “This is different. I don’t mean you shouldn’t share them now; I mean you should never share them with anyone, ever, no matter what happens. Divergence is extremely dangerous. You understand?”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tori (speaker)
Related Symbols: Divergence
Page Number: 22-23
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“You know why,” my father says. “Because we have something they want. Valuing knowledge above all else results in a lust for power, and that leads men into dark and empty places. We should be thankful that we know better.” I nod. I know I will not choose Erudite, even though my test results suggested that I could. I am my father’s daughter.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Andrew Prior (speaker)
Page Number: 35-36
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Marcus offers me my knife. I look into his eyes—they are dark blue, a strange color—and take it. He nods, and I turn toward the bowls. Dauntless fire and Abnegation stones are both on my left, one in front of my shoulder and one behind. I hold the knife in my right hand and touch the blade to my palm. Gritting my teeth, I drag the blade down. It stings, but I barely notice. I hold both hands to my chest, and my next breath shudders on the way out.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Marcus
Page Number: 47
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Chapter 8 Quotes

It takes me five rounds to hit the middle of the target, and when I do, a rush of energy goes through me. I am awake, my eyes wide open, my hands warm. I lower the gun. There is power in controlling something that can do so much damage—in controlling something, period. Maybe I do belong here.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker)
Page Number: 79
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But I understand now what Tori said about her tattoo representing a fear she overcame—a reminder of where she was, as well as a reminder of where she is now. Maybe there is a way to honor my old life as I embrace my new one. “Yes,” I say. “Three of these flying birds.” I touch my collarbone, marking the path of their flight—toward my heart. One for each member of the family I left behind.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tori
Related Symbols: Tattoos
Page Number: 90
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Chapter 9 Quotes

“It ends when one of you is unable to continue,” says Eric.
“According to Dauntless rules,” Four says, “one of you could also concede.” Eric narrows his eyes at Four.
“According to the old rules,” he says. “In the new rules, no one concedes.”
“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others,” Four replies.

“A brave man never surrenders,” Eric says, and Four and Eric stare at each other for a few seconds.

I feel like I am looking at two different kinds of Dauntless—the honorable kind, and the ruthless kind. But even I know that in this room, it’s Eric, the youngest leader of the Dauntless, who has the authority.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four (speaker), Eric (speaker)
Page Number: 95
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“What rank were you?” Peter asks Four. I don’t expect Four to answer, but he looks levelly at Peter and says, “I was first.” “And you chose to do this?” Peter’s eyes are wide and round and dark green. They would look innocent to me if I didn’t know what a terrible person he is. “Why didn’t you get a government job?” “I didn’t want one,” Four says flatly. I remember what he said on the first day, about working in the control room, where the Dauntless monitor the city’s security. It is difficult for me to imagine him there, surrounded by computers. To me he belongs in the training room.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four (speaker), Peter (speaker)
Page Number: 125
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“Catch on? Catch on to what? That you wanted to prove to Eric how tough you are? That you’re sadistic, just like he is?”
“I am not sadistic.” He doesn’t yell. I wish he would yell. It would scare me less. He leans his face close to mine, which reminds me of lying inches away from the attack dog’s fangs in the aptitude test, and says, “If I wanted to hurt you, don’t you think I would have already?”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four (speaker), Eric
Page Number: 165
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Chapter 15 Quotes

“Cara,” says Will, frowning, “there’s no need to be rude.”
“Oh, certainly not. Do you know what she is?” She points at my mother. “She’s a council member’s wife is what she is. She runs the ‘volunteer agency’ that supposedly helps the factionless. You think I don’t know that you’re just hoarding goods to distribute to your own faction while we don’t get fresh food for a month, huh? Food for the factionless, my eye.”
“I’m sorry,” my mother says gently. “I believe you are mistaken.”
“Mistaken. Ha,” Cara snaps. “I’m sure you’re exactly what you seem. A faction of happy-go-lucky do-gooders without a selfish bone in their bodies. Right.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Natalie Prior (speaker), Will (speaker), Cara (speaker)
Page Number: 184
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Chapter 17 Quotes

My heart beats so hard it hurts, and I can’t scream and I can’t breathe, but I also feel everything, every vein and every fiber, every bone and every nerve, all awake and buzzing in my body as if charged with electricity. I am pure adrenaline.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker)
Page Number: 221
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Chapter 18 Quotes

“What changed?”
“The leadership,” he says. “The person who controls training sets the standard of Dauntless behavior. Six years ago Max and the other leaders changed the training methods to make them more competitive and more brutal, said it was supposed to test people’s strength. And that changed the priorities of Dauntless as a whole. Bet you can’t guess who the leaders’ new protégé is.”
The answer is obvious: Eric. They trained him to be vicious, and now he will train the rest of us to be vicious too.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four (speaker), Eric
Page Number: 240
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Chapter 21 Quotes

I wanted to be like the Dauntless I saw at school. I wanted to be loud and daring and free like them. But they were not members yet; they were just playing at being Dauntless. And so was I, when I jumped off that roof. I didn’t know what fear was.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker)
Page Number: 263
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He pulls me forward a few inches and then slams me against the wall again. I clench my teeth to keep from crying out, though pain from the impact went all the way down my spine.
Will grabs Peter by his shirt collar and drags him away from me. “Leave her alone,” he says. “Only a coward bullies a little girl.”
“A little girl?” scoffs Peter, throwing off Will’s hand. “Are you blind, or just stupid? She’s going to edge you out of the rankings and out of Dauntless, and you’re going to get nothing, all because she knows how to manipulate people and you don’t. So when you realize that she’s out to ruin us all, you let me know.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Peter (speaker), Will (speaker)
Page Number: 267-268
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Chapter 23 Quotes

Whoever he is, I like him. It’s easier for me to admit that to myself now, in the dark, after all that just happened. He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know. I watch the muscles in his back expand and contract until I fall asleep.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four
Page Number: 288-289
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Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me. But if I saw her, I wouldn’t recognize her. “Stay away from me,” I say quietly. My body feels rigid and cold, and I am not angry, I am not hurt, I am nothing. I say, my voice low, “Never come near me again.” Our eyes meet. His are dark and glassy. I am nothing. “If you do, I swear to God I will kill you,” I say. “You coward.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Al
Page Number: 299-300
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Chapter 28 Quotes

We stop on the concrete around the metal bean, where the Erudite sit in small groups with newspapers or books. He takes off his glasses and shoves them in his pocket, then runs a hand through his hair, his eyes skipping over mine nervously. Like he’s ashamed. Maybe I should be too. I’m tattooed, loose-haired, and wearing tight clothes. But I’m just not.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Caleb Prior
Related Symbols: Tattoos
Page Number: 351
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I don’t know when I accumulated so many secrets. Being Divergent. Fears. How I really feel about my friends, my family, Al, Tobias. Candor initiation would reach things that even the simulations can’t touch; it would wreck me. “Sounds awful,” I say.
“I always knew I couldn’t be Candor. I mean, I try to be honest, but some things you just don’t want people to know. Plus, I like to be in control of my own mind.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Christina (speaker), Tobias / Four, Al
Page Number: 371
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Chapter 30 Quotes

Simulation Tobias kisses my neck. I try to think. I have to face the fear. I have to take control of the situation and find a way to make it less frightening. I look Simulation Tobias in the eye and say sternly, “I am not going to sleep with you in a hallucination. Okay?”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four
Page Number: 393-394
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Chapter 31 Quotes

“Sometimes I wonder,” I say, as calmly as I can, “what’s in it for you. This…whatever it is.”
“What’s in it for me,” he repeats. He steps back, shaking his head. “You’re an idiot, Tris.”
“I am not an idiot,” I say. “Which is why I know that it’s a little weird that, of all the girls you could have chosen, you chose me. So if you’re just looking for…um, you know…that…”
“What? Sex?” He scowls at me. “You know, if that was all I wanted, you probably wouldn’t be the first person I would go to.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four (speaker)
Page Number: 401-402
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Chapter 34 Quotes

She presses her palms together. I see no vicious glee in her eyes, and not a hint of the sadism I expect. She is more machine than maniac. She sees problems and forms solutions based on the data she collects. Abnegation stood in the way of her desire for power, so she found a way to eliminate it. She didn’t have an army, so she found one in Dauntless. She knew that she would need to control large groups of people in order to stay secure, so she developed a way to do it with serums and transmitters. Divergence is just another problem for her to solve, and that is what makes her so terrifying—because she is smart enough to solve anything, even the problem of our existence.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Jeanine Matthews
Page Number: 431-432
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Chapter 36 Quotes

“I’m factionless now.”
“No, you aren’t,” my father says sternly. “You’re with us.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Andrew Prior (speaker)
Page Number: 449
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Chapter 38 Quotes

I have done this before—in my fear landscape, with the gun in my hand, a voice shouting at me to fire at the people I love. I volunteered to die instead, that time, but I can’t imagine how that would help me now. But I just know, I know what the right thing to do is. My father says—used to say—that there is power in self-sacrifice. I turn the gun in my hands and press it into Tobias’s palm.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four, Andrew Prior
Page Number: 475
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Chapter 39 Quotes

Abnegation and Dauntless are both broken, their members scattered. We are like the factionless now. I do not know what life will be like, separated from a faction—it feels disengaged, like a leaf divided from the tree that gives it sustenance. We are creatures of loss; we have left everything behind. I have no home, no path, and no certainty. I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose that now, I must become more than either.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker)
Page Number: 487
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Chapter 2
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The narrator is called into a room, and she is finally identified as Beatrice Prior. She shares a quick smile with her friend, Susan Black. Inside the room, Beatrice... (full context)
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Beatrice wakes up in a strange room. In front of her, there’s a hunk of cheese,... (full context)
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Suddenly, the dog disappears, and Beatrice finds herself alone in the room. She turns and sees a man with a newspaper... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Beatrice wakes up in a room lined with mirrors, and finds Tori standing over her. Tori... (full context)
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Later in the day, Beatrice decides not to ride the bus home. She walks through the city, noticing the decaying... (full context)
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Beatrice thinks about her Divergence. If she’s assigned to a different Faction, following the results of... (full context)
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As she walks home, Beatrice offers food to a poor factionless man, who eagerly accepts it. The man grabs Beatrice’s... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Beatrice makes her way home. Her neighborhood is full of houses that look exactly the same:... (full context)
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Caleb and Beatrice return to their house. Caleb asks Beatrice about her results, but she refuses to tell... (full context)
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Beatrice’s father tells his family about his day at work. He works as a political leader... (full context)
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As Beatrice sits at the dinner table, she tries to make sense of her test. She still... (full context)
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The next day, Beatrice and Caleb ride the bus to the Choosing Ceremony. At the Hub, they join their... (full context)
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...room: Caleb is choosing a new faction for himself instead of remaining in Abnegation, as Beatrice had assumed he’d do. (full context)
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When it’s Beatrice’s turn, she imagines herself joining Abnegation and spending the rest of her life around her... (full context)
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Beatrice has just joined the Dauntless faction. She notices her parents—her father looks accusatory, but her... (full context)
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...their loyalty, the new Dauntless are supposed to jump onto the train. Although she’s frightened, Beatrice jumps onto the moving train. She notices a former Erudite boy who’s just joined Dauntless—he... (full context)
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Onboard the train, a girl named Christina introduces herself to Beatrice. Christina thinks that they’re headed to Dauntless headquarters, though she has no idea where this... (full context)
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...jumping off the train onto nearby rooftops. Although some of the recruits refuse to jump, Beatrice forces herself to jump from the train, along with Christina. As they land—hard—on the rooftop,... (full context)
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...say what’s awaiting them at the bottom of the building. Before anyone else can react, Beatrice forces herself to jump off the building. As she falls, her body hits a net,... (full context)
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The other Dauntless recruits follow Beatrice off the roof, and one by one, the net catches them. As Beatrice and her... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Lauren and Four lead Tris and her fellow recruits down through the Dauntless headquarters. Lauren tells the recruits that the... (full context)
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Four takes the new recruits down in the headquarters. Tris sees children running around—the opposite of the docile children she’s familiar with in Abnegation. Four... (full context)
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The recruits go to the dining hall, where they’re served hamburgers. Tris has never had this food before: she was always taught to eat plain, simple food.... (full context)
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Tris sleeps in her quarters. She’s never slept in the same room as a boy, and... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...tells them that the best way to fight cowardice is with preparation. The recruits, including Tris, begin with target practice—they fire their new guns at a target. Tris is a poor... (full context)
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At lunch, Tris eats with Christina, Will, and Al, the boy who cried the night before. Will, a... (full context)
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...go to a new room, where Four begins teaching them how to fight. Four tells Tris that she’s not strong, but that she can use her elbows and knees to do... (full context)
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In the evening, Tris eats with her new friends. Al proposes getting a new tattoo to celebrate his new... (full context)
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Tris and Christina go to “the tattoo place,” where they find Al getting a tattoo of... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...that, since there’s an odd number of recruits, one of them will be sitting out. Tris notices that her name isn’t written on the wall, while the other recruits’ names are—it... (full context)
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Tris surveys her peers. There’s Peter, Drew, and Molly, already a trio of friends. Christina explains... (full context)
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The fights begin. Al fights Will, and Tris winces as she watches. Tris confesses to Christina that she’s uncomfortable hurting people. Will and... (full context)
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...minutes, Molly pushes Christina to the ground, drawing blood, and Christina yells that she’s conceding. Tris is so disturbed by the sight of her friend bleeding that she instinctively grabs Al’s... (full context)
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...minutes, Christina looks like she’s about to slip. Al calls out encouragement for Christina, and Tris joins in. With her friends’ encouragement, Christina succeeds in hanging for five minutes, and Eric... (full context)
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Tris has nightmares about Christina hanging over the railing. The next morning, she finds that Peter... (full context)
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That day, Tris is assigned a fight against Peter, despite the fact that Peter is much bigger than... (full context)
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Tris wakes up in a bed, surrounded by her friends—slowly, she realizes that she’s been sent... (full context)
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Tris remembers that in less than a week, she’s due to visit with her family. Tris... (full context)
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The next morning, Tris wakes up and proceeds outside to the train, along with her peers. Inside, Tris catches... (full context)
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On the train, Tris asks her friends what the Dauntless protect the city from. Nobody has a good answer,... (full context)
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...first. Peter finds this surprising—someone so talented should have worked in the government, he mutters. Tris remembers the conversation she overheard between Eric and Four on her first day. She also... (full context)
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...to his recruits, a truck drives up, and Amity people step out. They ask for Beatrice, and Tris is a little surprised to hear her former name. One of the Amity... (full context)
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As the truck drives away, Four approaches Tris and tells her that it was foolish to act friendly around Robert: Tris’s peers will... (full context)
Chapter 12
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It’s been two days since Tris’s fight with Peter, and Tris is sent into another fight—with Myra. Luckily, Tris does well... (full context)
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...Four act as team captains, and they begin to dividing up the new transfers. To Tris’s surprise, Four chooses Tris first, much to Eric’s amusement. Afterwards, Four and Tris divide up... (full context)
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Tris and her peers prepare to jump onto the moving train and travel out to begin... (full context)
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...train stops, and the recruits are now in an unfamiliar part of the city. Immediately, Tris runs off on her own to find a high building she can use. The other... (full context)
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At the top of the wheel, Four and Tris notices a tiny light in the distance—it must be the other team, approaching. Suddenly, there’s... (full context)
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Tris and Four join their teammates and tell them they’ve found the other team’s location. They... (full context)
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After the game, two of Tris’s teammates, Uriah and Marlene, congratulate Tris on her bravery and quick thinking. She and her... (full context)
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The next morning, Tris prepares for target practice. Eric announces that today is the last day of stage one:... (full context)
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...is in charge. Eric orders Al to stand by the target while Four hurls knives. Tris protests that the punishment is useless—Eric is just bullying Al unnecessarily. Eric laughs and orders... (full context)
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Eric tells the other recruits that Tris is “daring,” and leaves. Tris angrily confronts Four and asks him why hurt her. Four... (full context)
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Tris wakes up and showers before her training. As she’s walking from the shower, Peter pushes... (full context)
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Tris knows that today is the day of her last fight—she hopes it’s with Peter, and... (full context)
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Molly and Tris begin their fight. Molly teases Tris about being naked, but Tris remains calm. Molly launches... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...and tells the recruits that it’s best not to seem too attached. He then pulls Tris aside and tells her that he’s underestimated her talent—she did well yesterday. Tris isn’t flattered... (full context)
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Tris goes into the meeting room, where she sees her friends and enemies talking to their... (full context)
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Before can Tris can say much about herself, Four introduces himself to Tris’s mother—whose name, she says, is... (full context)
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Tris meets a woman who says that she’s Al’s mother—she can’t find her son, and wants... (full context)
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Natalie asks Tris how she’s doing, and Tris says that she’s ranked near the bottom of her class.... (full context)
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Natalie then asks Tris to ask Caleb to research “simulation serum,” as Natalie herself can’t visit Caleb. Tris doesn’t... (full context)
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The afternoon after Natalie’s visit, Tris finds Al sitting in the dormitory—he’s been hiding from his parents. Tris notices that Al... (full context)
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Tris asks Al why he chose to be in Dauntless, and he explains that he thinks... (full context)
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...but adds that she hasn’t been able to appreciate dogs, ever since her Aptitude Test. Tris is surprised to hear Christina talking about her test, as this information is strictly hidden.... (full context)
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...matters much more than stage one (the stage they’ve just completed). In the new rankings, Tris is ranked 6 of 9, Edward and Peter are 1st and 2nd, and Al and... (full context)
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Later that night, Tris thinks about her mother—why, she wonders, did Natalie choose Abnegation after growing up in Dauntless?... (full context)
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The next day, the transfer recruits have free time. Will and Tris contemplate visiting Edward in the hospital, but decide not to, as they just don’t know... (full context)
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Later in the day, Tris sees that Edward’s bunk has been stripped clean, along with Myra’s. Christina explains that they’ve... (full context)
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Tris spends her day trying to keep busy. She eats lunch in the dining hall by... (full context)
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Uriah, Tris, and the others make their way to the abandoned Hancock building (a Chicago landmark) and... (full context)
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Tris returns to the headquarters, where she’s satisfied to be able to tell her friends that... (full context)
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...One by one, Four calls the recruits out to go through a simulation. When it’s Tris’s turn, Four tells her that she’s going to “face her fear.” He gives her a... (full context)
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As the serum sets in, Tris feels that she’s standing in a field of grass. Suddenly, a flock of crows flies... (full context)
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Tris tries to calm herself, but can’t—she continues weeping. Suddenly, she finds herself sitting back in... (full context)
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Tris returns to her dormitory, where she finds her fellow recruits reading a paper together. Peter... (full context)
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Tris goes to the Pit, where she’s surprised to find Four, who is drunk and staggering... (full context)
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Tris is about to begin her second hallucination simulation, accompanied by Four once again. She sees... (full context)
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Tris awakes from her simulation, with Four standing over her. Four tells her, “You’re Divergent.” Tris... (full context)
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After her simulation, Tris goes to visit Tori, who works in the tattoo parlor. She asks Tori for some... (full context)
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Tris doesn’t really understand her own situation. She asks Tori why the Dauntless government cares about... (full context)
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It’s been 4 days since Tris spoke to Tori. In that time, the Erudite community has published two more articles like... (full context)
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Tris takes a walk by herself. She considers all the hallucinations she’s faced in the past... (full context)
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Every evening now, Tris falls asleep while her peers cry and scream: they’ve been far more shaken by their... (full context)
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Outside the dormitory, Tris runs into Lynn, Uriah, and Marlene. They congratulate her on her high ranking, and tell... (full context)
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...orders everyone back to their dormitories, and promises not to tell Eric about their indiscretion. Tris wonders to herself if Four has read the Dauntless manifesto, which praises the value of... (full context)
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Back in the dormitory, Tris gets in bed. She wonders if it’s really worth it to be Dauntless. Late at... (full context)
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As Tris listens to this exchange, she feels someone pull her to the ground and cover her... (full context)
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Tris senses that she’s very close to the chasm railing. She bites the hand that’s over... (full context)
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Four has just saved Tris’s life, and he takes her to wash the blood off her face. Four explains that... (full context)
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As Tris prepares to go back to her dorm, she tells Four that her attackers didn’t just... (full context)
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Tris decides not to go back to the dorms—that would be suicidal. Instead, she sleeps in... (full context)
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Tris wakes up and prepares to face her peers. She’s in pain all over: her side... (full context)
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Uriah proposes that Tris and her friends do something to avenge Tris’s attack. Uriah clarifies: he’s not talking about... (full context)
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The recruits proceed with their training. As Christina and Tris walk to their latest assignment, Christina apologizes for claiming the flag during the capture the... (full context)
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Back in the dormitory, Tris finds Al. Al asks if he could talk to Tris alone, and Will angrily says... (full context)
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Tris has a dream in which she sees Natalie. Suddenly, Christina wakes her up and rushes... (full context)
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There’s a funeral for Al. There, everyone except Tris drinks a lot. Tris runs into Tori, and together they join up with Tris’s friends.... (full context)
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...act of bravery, for which he should be celebrated by his peers. After Eric’s eulogy, Tris tells Four that Eric’s speech was absurd: it encourages Dauntless recruits to sacrifice their lives... (full context)
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Tris confesses to Four that she feels guilty about Al’s death. If she’d forgiven Al, she... (full context)
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Late at night, Will, Christina, and Tris look out over the chasm. They’ve gotten new tattoos to commemorate Al’s death. Tris got... (full context)
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Tris notices a newspaper containing new stories attacking the Abnegation leadership. The Erudite leader is a... (full context)
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Tris decides to walk around by herself. Her friends go back to the dormitory, and Tris... (full context)
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As the serum sets in, Four and Tris find themselves at the top of a huge tower. Tris realizes that Four finds this... (full context)
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Tris and Four see a woman, whom Four is supposed to shoot. Four manages to shoot... (full context)
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The simulation ends. Tris realizes that Tobias has only four fears—hence his nickname. Tobias takes Tris’s hand and says... (full context)
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Hand in hand, Tobias and Tris walk to the chasm. As they walk, Tobias explains that he can never entirely master... (full context)
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Tobias leans in and kisses Tris on her mouth. They kiss for a few minutes as they stand by the chasm.... (full context)
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The next morning, Tris is in an excellent mood. In the dining hall, Tris sees Tobias, but he doesn’t... (full context)
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Tris watches as the other students go through their fear landscape session. Each student plugs into... (full context)
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Tris has just failed her fear landscape test. The silver lining, she realizes, is that now... (full context)
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Tris, furious with herself for her poor performance, jumps onboard the train, and rides it into... (full context)
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Tris asks a librarian to help her find her brother, but the librarian refuses. As Tris... (full context)
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Tris and Caleb take a walk outside the library, through a park (which Chicago natives will... (full context)
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Tris asks Caleb about Jeanine, who’s been speaking about corruption in Abnegation. Caleb says he’s unsure... (full context)
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As Tris tries to leave the Erudite headquarters, two guards tell her to come with them. They... (full context)
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Tris tries to play the part of a Dauntless recruit: arrogant, cocky, and bold. She tells... (full context)
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After meeting Jeanine, Tris is driven back to the Dauntless headquarters in a car. When she returns to Dauntless,... (full context)
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Alone, Tobias apologizes to Tris for being harsh with Tris during the simulation. He compliments Tris on pretending to be... (full context)
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Back in the dormitory, Christina asks Tris where she’s been all day, and if Tobias is angry that Tris hit him. Tris... (full context)
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Christina tells Tris more about herself. Christina spent most of her childhood believing that she’d become a Candor.... (full context)
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Late at night, Tris meets up with Tobias as planned. Tobias takes Tris to the train, and they jump... (full context)
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Tobias explains to Tris what they’re doing here. Tobias has found reports in the Dauntless compound that look like... (full context)
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Tris remembers the Abnegation initiation ceremony. Every year the initiates, who’ve been spending their time performing... (full context)
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The Dauntless initiation ceremony is about to begin. As Tris prepares for the ceremony, she thinks to herself that she really is Abnegation through and... (full context)
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At the ceremony, Tris and her peers prepare to go through their final challenge. Eric tells everyone that Tris... (full context)
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It’s Tris’s turn to go through the challenge. Eric injects her with an orange liquid that’ll make... (full context)
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Tris begins her fear challenge. She finds herself alone in a strange place, with grass and... (full context)
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The landscape changes: Tris is now on the edge of a beach. Waves cascade over her head, throwing her... (full context)
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The scenery changes again: this time, Tris finds herself in a dark place, surrounded by cackling enemies. Tris notices Peter carrying a... (full context)
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Tris finds herself back in the Abnegation headquarters. She notices that the room is lined with... (full context)
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Suddenly, Tris finds herself sitting next to Tobias. She notices a huge bed behind her. Tobias smiles,... (full context)
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Tris finds herself facing her parents and brother. She also becomes conscious of a gun pressed... (full context)
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Tris remembers something Tobias told her: selflessness and bravery aren’t so different. Although she’s holding a... (full context)
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Tris finds herself sitting in an empty room, surrounded by Eric, Tobias, and a man whom... (full context)
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Back in the initiation room, Tris meets up with her other friends. Tobias tells Tris that he’d be surprised if she... (full context)
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Tris and Tobias decide to leave the room and find a more private place. In his... (full context)
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Tobias touches Tris very gently, and tells her that she need not be afraid. Now that they’re getting... (full context)
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After their romantic session, Tris and Tobias make their way back into the dining hall. They’ve spent the last two... (full context)
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Tris meets up with Christina in the dining hall. She tells Tris that she’s planning on... (full context)
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...the top ten initiates will choose their future professions. The top initiate, he says, is Tris. Tris is thrilled with this news—she now feels that she belongs in Dauntless, whether she’s... (full context)
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As she kisses Tobias, Tris realizes something: Eric and Max are working with the Erudite to develop serums that can... (full context)
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Tris goes to bed, planning to tell Tobias what she’s discovered tomorrow. The next morning, she... (full context)
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Tris quickly gets dressed, mirroring the movements of the people around her. She realizes what’s been... (full context)
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As she and her peers march through the halls of headquarters, Tris tries to scan the room for Tobias. She notices Tobias, looking as blank-faced as anyone... (full context)
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Tobias, Tris, and the others board a train. As they prepare to get on, Tobias whispers for... (full context)
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Tris sees Eric approaching Tobias. Eric leers at Tobias and whispers, “No one’s going to remember... (full context)
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Soldiers take Tobias and Tris to see Jeanine. Jeanine tells them that she’s always suspected that Tris and Tobias could... (full context)
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Jeanine goes on to explain her plan to Tobias and Tris. She knows that she needs an army of loyal soldiers in order to seize control... (full context)
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...an Abnegation leader. Tobias denies that he supports Jeanine’s plan at all. Jeanine shrugs, and Tris realizes that Jeanine is the most evil kind of person there is: she’s not emotional... (full context)
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...new drug that can control the Divergent, of which there are probably many among Abnegation. Tris, on the other hand, will be executed as soon as possible. Furious, Tobias tries to... (full context)
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Tris regains consciousness and finds herself in a small room. She’s still bleeding heavily. Tris notices... (full context)
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Tris tries to calm herself. She remembers being a child, when Natalie would bathe her. This... (full context)
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Suddenly, Tris hears a loud bang, and sees the glass of her tank cracking. She’s amazed to... (full context)
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As Tris and Natalie run through Abnegation, Natalie explains a few things to Tris. Natalie has been... (full context)
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Natalie leads Tris out of the building and points her toward a building where she claims Andrew and... (full context)
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Tris is running away from her mother’s body, pursued by three Dauntless soldiers. Furious, Tris fire... (full context)
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Tris manages to make it to her family’s hiding place, as Natalie has directed her. Inside... (full context)
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Tris tells her family that they need to “wake up” the Dauntless soldiers immediately. They can... (full context)
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Tris and her family assemble a team to sneak into the Dauntless headquarters and shut down... (full context)
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Onboard the train, Marcus asks Tris about her choice. Tris replies that she doesn’t regret choosing Dauntless at all: Dauntless taught... (full context)
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Tris and the others arrive at the Dauntless compound. They manage to jump off the moving... (full context)
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When everyone has landed in the net, they hear a voice, ordering them to surrender. Tris is surprised to find that the voice belongs to Peter—who’s clearly still “awake.” Tris manages... (full context)
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Peter takes Tris to the eighth floor of headquarters. They pass by the stores and meeting rooms where... (full context)
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Tris orders Marcus and Caleb to stay behind with Peter, who’s been seriously wounded in the... (full context)
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Andrew and Tris proceed to the computer room. As they draw closer, they see another group of soldiers... (full context)
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Tris manages to collect her feelings. Instead of staying behind to crouch over her father’s body,... (full context)
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Tris has just found Tobias sitting in the computer room. Tobias points a gun at Tris... (full context)
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Tobias approaches Tris, and Tris sees his finger tightening as he prepares to shoot. Tris ducks, narrowly avoiding... (full context)
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Tris is about to shoot Tobias when she realizes the truth: she can’t force herself to... (full context)
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Tris, now kneeling on the floor, gives her gun to Tobias. She’s terrified of losing her... (full context)
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Tobias holds a gun to Tris’s head, but doesn’t shoot. He seems to be wavering, fighting his own mind-control. Tris whispers,... (full context)
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Tris looks around the computer room, amazed by Jeanine’s evil ingenuity. She notices one screen that... (full context)
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Tobias and Tris leave the computer room, and they see Caleb crouched over Andrew’s dead body. Marcus rushes... (full context)
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The team discusses their next steps. Caleb wonders what Candor will do. Tris replies that the Candors certainly won’t side with the Erudite after what’s happened. Tris can’t... (full context)
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Tris tells Tobias that both of her parents are now dead. Tobias replies that they died... (full context)
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Tris feels the disc containing information about mind control protocol. She notices Marcus staring at it,... (full context)