a heavy, closely woven fabric
My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim's warmth but finding only the rough
canvas cover of the mattress.
wrap, as for protection
My little sister, Prim, curled up on her side,
cocooned in my mother's body, their cheeks pressed together.
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
Prim named him Buttercup,
insisting that his muddy yellow coat matched the bright flower.
being very thin
Scrawny kitten, belly swollen with worms, crawling with fleas.
internal organs collectively
Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the
moving and bending with ease
Supple leather that has molded to my feet.
the act of searching for food and provisions
I pull on trousers, a shirt, tuck my long dark braid up into a cap, and grab my
short and thick
Shutters on the
squat gray houses are closed.
something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
In theory, it's supposed to be electrified twenty- four hours a day as a
deterrent to the predators that live in the woods -- packs of wild dogs, lone cougars, bears -- that used to threaten our streets.
any animal that lives by preying on other animals
In theory, it's supposed to be electrified twenty- four hours a day as a deterrent to the
predators that live in the woods -- packs of wild dogs, lone cougars, bears -- that used to threaten our streets.
infected by an acute viral disease of the nervous system
Inside the woods they roam freely, and there are added concerns like venomous snakes,
rabid animals, and no real paths to follow.
proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
But most are not bold enough to
venture out with just a knife.
murder in a planned fashion
My father could have made good money selling them, but if the officials found out he would have been publicly
executed for inciting a rebellion.
provoke or stir up
My father could have made good money selling them, but if the officials found out he would have been publicly executed for
inciting a rebellion.
showing no care or concern in attitude or action
So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an
indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts.
a fixed portion that is allotted
It's real bakery bread, not the flat, dense loaves we make from our grain
marked by tender, romantic, or nostalgic emotion
Think the old man was feeling
sentimental this morning," says Gale.
imitate, especially for satirical effect
Suddenly he falls into a Capitol accent as he
mimics Effie Trinket, the maniacally upbeat woman who arrives once a year to read out the names at the leaping.
an energetic style
I finish with equal
a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs
They ran an
apothecary shop in the nicer part of District 12.
a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieves pain
My father got to know my mother because on his hunts he would sometimes collect medicinal herbs and sell them to her shop to be brewed into
varying in color when seen in different lights
From this place, we are invisible but have a clear view of the valley, which is teeming with summer life, greens to gather, roots to dig, fish
iridescent in the sunlight.
The idea is so
zealous in allegiance or affection
And Gale is
devoted to his family.
expressive of or exciting love
There's never been anything
romantic between Gale and me.
animal hunted or caught for food
The predators ignore us on a day when easier, tastier
a remark expressing praise and admiration
Madge shoots him a look, trying to see if it's a genuine
compliment or if he's just being ironic.
humorously sarcastic or mocking
Madge shoots him a look, trying to see if it's a genuine compliment or if he's just being
make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
His eyes land on a small, circular pin that
adorns her dress.
qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
eligible for the reaping the day you turn twelve.
deficient in amount or quality or extent
Each tessera is worth a
meager year's supply of grain and oil for one person.
increasing by successive addition
And the entries are
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
On other days, deep in the woods, I've listened to him
rant about how the tesserae are just another tool to cause misery in our district.
make certain of
A way to plant hatred between the starving workers of the Seam and those who can generally count on supper and
ensure we will never trust one another.
extreme distress of body or mind
anguish I always feel when she's in pain wells up in my chest and threatens to register on my face.
required by rule
mandatory unless you are on death's door.
the boundary line or area immediately inside the boundary
Family members line up around the
perimeter, holding tightly to one another's hands.
abnormally afraid of closed-in places
The space gets tighter, more
claustrophobic as people arrive.
having a common boundary or edge
Latecomers are directed to the
adjacent streets, where they can watch the event on screens as it's televised live by the state.
brief and to the point
We all exchange
terse nods then focus our attention on the temporary stage that is set up before the Justice Building.
a platform raised above the surrounding level
It holds three chairs, a
podium, and two large glass balls, one for the boys and one for the girls.
speak softly or indistinctly
murmur to each other and then look with concern at the empty seat.
a source of materials to nourish the body
He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the en- croaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little
the condition of having good fortune
The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and
prosperity to its citizens.
reduced to nothingness
Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth
a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.
a crime that undermines the offender's government
The Treaty of
Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.
unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
The twenty- four tributes will be imprisoned in a
vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland.
cause to feel shame
To make it
humiliating as well as torturous, the Capitol requires us to treat the Hunger Games as a festivity, a sporting event pitting every district against the others.
freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort
The last tribute alive receives a life of
ease back home, and their district will be showered with prizes, largely consisting of food.
something considered choice to eat
All year, the Capitol will show the winning district gifts of grain and oil and even
delicacies like sugar while the rest of us battle starvation.
remorse for your past conduct
"It is both a time for
repentance and a time for thanks," intones the mayor.
a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
Then he reads the list of past District 12
afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble
The mayor looks