Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 23
Summary

Gale and Katniss confer with each other that they have limited time before the Capitol discovers them again. They ask Cresside where they are and she confirmed that they’re in downtown, a place full of civilians. They use the clothes in the apartment to disguise themselves so they can walk in the streets without being recognized. Cressida leads the team to a fur shop owned by a woman named Tigris, whom Katniss recognizes as a former stylist for the Games. Tigris refused to help them despite Cressida mentioning Plutarch. In a bold move, Katniss shows her face to Tigris, prompting the older woman to lead them to an underground spot hidden beneath her shop. The next day, Katniss starts fretting over the deaths that she has caused so far. She admits to everybody that what she said after Boggs’ death was actually a lie. They all tell her that they all knew but still decided to go along with her. After pulling it together, they started planning how to get to Snow’s house from the small shop. Katniss thinks that she should be used as bait to bring Snow out into the open.

Tigris has them come out temporarily from their hiding place for a little snack. They watch a broadcast of a Capitol TV program featuring them. The program identified Katniss and those who are with her and trying to get civilians to turn them in. Once they’re back in their hiding place, Katniss overhears Gale and Peeta argue about who Katniss loves more. Gale ends the argument by saying that Katniss should make her choice based on the one who she thinks she can’t survive without.

Analysis

Gale made a good point about Katniss choosing the person she couldn’t live without. Despite the history that he shares with her, deep inside, he knows that Peeta is the guiding light that Katniss needs in her life.

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