a forceful consequence; a strong effect
It was as if the
impact had knocked every wisp of air from my lungs, and I lay there struggling to inhale, to exhale, to do anything.
located far away spatially
Her chances of being chosen so
remote that I'd not even bothered to worry about her.
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
Somewhere far away, I can hear the crowd
murmuring unhappily as they always do when a twelve-year-old gets chosen because no one thinks this is fair.
something given or done as an expression of esteem
But in District 12, where the word
tribute is pretty much synonymous with the word corpse, volunteers are all but extinct.
a period of 10 years
District 12 hasn't had a volunteer in
decades and the protocol has become rusty.
code of correct conduct
District 12 hasn't had a volunteer in decades and the
protocol has become rusty.
meaning the same or nearly the same
But in District 12, where the word tribute is pretty much
synonymous with the word corpse, volunteers are all but extinct.
no longer in existence
But in District 12, where the word tribute is pretty much synonymous with the word corpse, volunteers are all but
crowd or draw together
The girl who five years ago stood
huddled with her mother and sister, as he presented her, the oldest child, with a medal of valor.
courage when facing danger
The girl who five years ago stood huddled with her mother and sister, as he presented her, the oldest child, with a medal of
turn into gas
A medal for her father,
vaporized in the mines.
a difference of opinion
So instead of acknowledging applause, I stand there unmoving while they take part in the boldest form of
dissent they can manage.
excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
We do not
held in great esteem for admirable qualities
But a shift has occurred since I stepped up to take Prim's place, and now it seems I have become someone
something done as an indication of intention
It is an old and rarely used
gesture of our district, occasionally seen at funerals.
harass with persistent criticism or carping
Is he addressing the audience or is he so drunk he might actually be
taunting the Capitol?
I'll never know because just as he's opening his mouth to continue, Haymitch
plummets off the stage and knocks himself unconscious.
feeling or showing gratitude
He's disgusting, but I'm
With every camera gleefully trained on him, I have just enough time to release the small, choked sound in my throat and
desire strongly or persistently
For a moment, I
yearn for something . . . the idea of us leaving the district . . . making our way in the woods . . . but I know I was right about not running off.
sing or play with trills
"What an exciting day!" she
warbles as she attempts to straighten her wig, which has listed severely to the right.
having thin consistency
Clearly hoping to contain her
tenuous hair situation, she plants one hand on her head as she crosses to the ball that contains the boys' names and grabs the first slip she encounters.
a platform raised above the surrounding level
She zips back to the
podium, and I don't even have time to wish for Gale's safety when she's reading the name.
be aware of
The shock of the moment is
registering on his face, you can see his struggle to remain emotionless, but his blue eyes show the alarm I've seen so often in prey.
something given or received as payment or reparation
The district had given us a small amount of money as
compensation for his death, enough to cover one month of grieving at which time my mother would be expected to get a job.
weave into a braided hairdo
Sweet, tiny Prim who cried when I cried before she even knew the reason, who brushed and
plaited my mother's hair before we left for school, who still polished my father's shaving mirror each night because he'd hated the layer of coal dust that settled on everything in the Seam.
a situation from which extrication is difficult
So I kept our
predicament a secret.
a cry of sorrow and grief
And one day, you come upon them sitting motionless against a wall or lying in the Meadow, you hear the
wails from a house, and the Peacekeepers are called in to retrieve the body.
the state of being vulnerable
It's always the flu, or
exposure, or pneumonia.
thin and tattered with age
I had been in town, trying to trade some
threadbare old baby clothes of Prim's in the public market, but there were no takers.
proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
Although I had been to the Hob on several occasions with my father, I was too frightened to
venture into that rough, gritty place alone.
collect discarded or refused material
I couldn't walk into that room with the smoky fire from the damp branches I had
scavenged at the edge of the woods after the coal had run out, my bands empty of any hope.
wet through and through; thoroughly wet
I remember the outlines of garden beds not yet planted for the spring, a goat or two in a pen, one
sodden dog tied to a post, hunched defeated in the muck.
having your attention fixated as though by a spell
mesmerized by the heat and the luscious scent until the rain interfered, running its icy fingers down my back, forcing me back to life.
become singed under intense heat or dry conditions
In his arms, he carried two large loaves of bread that must have fallen into the fire because the crusts were
providing abundant nourishment
It was good
hearty bread, filled with raisins and nuts.
move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
And more than once, I have turned in the school hallway and caught his eyes trained on me, only to quickly
lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
The mayor finishes the
dreary Treaty of Treason and motions for Peeta and me to shake hands.
a song of devotion or loyalty
We turn back to face the crowd as the
anthem of Panem plays.