internal organs collectively
Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the
moving and bending with ease
I swing my legs off the bed and slide into my hunting boots.
Supple leather that has molded to my feet.
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.
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.
the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
But I got a decent price for his
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.
abundantly filled with especially living things
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.
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.
lacking brightness or color; dull
drab school outfit has been replaced by an expensive white dress, and her blonde hair is done up with a pink ribbon.
increasing by successive addition
And the entries are
cumulative. So now, at the age of sixteen, my name will be in the reaping twenty times.
showing scarcely suppressed anger
As we walk, I glance over at Gale's face, still
smoldering underneath his stony expression.
someone who commits crimes for profit
Most refuse dealing with the
racketeers but carefully, carefully.
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 source of materials to nourish the body
He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little
extremely painful or unpleasant
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.
a holding device attached to a workbench
She's wrapped her skinny arms around me like a
The book uses the spelling
vise is more common in American English.
the act of protesting
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
Silence. Which says we do not agree. We do not
condone. All of this is wrong.
wander from a direct or straight course
Who hasn't seen the victims? Older people who can't work. Children from a family with too many to feed. Those injured in the mines.
Straggling through the streets.
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.
fall suddenly; collapse
I didn't pick it up for fear I would
keel over and be unable to regain my feet.
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.
strike with a club
"They don't always have bows," I say, thinking of the year there were only horrible spiked maces that the tributes had to
bludgeon one another to death with.
It's mostly a lot of
blather about what we owe the Capitol.
any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
But if I can hold down Greasy Sae's
concoction of mice meat, pig entrails, and tree bark—a winter specialty—I'm determined to hang on to this.
the way a person behaves toward other people
She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she's very like Prim in size and
worn and broken down by hard use
Only when she mounts the stage and they ask for volunteers, all you can hear is the wind whistling through the
decrepit buildings around her.
a wise and trusted guide and advisor
mentor has a lot to learn about presentation. A lot about televised behavior."
old and twisted and covered in lines
And some small
gnarled place inside me hated her for her weakness, for her neglect, for the months she had put us through.
large deep serving dish with a cover
tureen of fruit sits in ice to keep it chilled.
a rich soil consisting of sand, clay and organic materials
This has included scrubbing down my body with a gritty
loam that has removed not only dirt but at least three layers of skin, turning my nails into uniform shapes, and primarily, ridding my body of hair.
the act of yielding
concession to self-alteration seems to be metallic gold eyeliner that has been applied with a light hand.
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
"Hello, Katniss. I'm Cinna, your stylist," he says in a quiet voice somewhat lacking in the Capitol's
acting as a part that completes another part
"So, Katniss, about your costume for the opening ceremonies. My partner, Portia, is the stylist for your fellow tribute, Peeta. And our current thought is to dress you in
complementary costumes," says Cinna.
displaying or setting off to best advantage
Since the baggy miner's jumpsuits are not particularly
becoming, our tributes usually end up in skimpy outfits and hats with headlamps.
a garment that covers the body from shoulders to thighs
I'm in a simple black
unitard that covers me from ankle to neck.
perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
A hundred hands reach up to catch my kiss, as if it were a real and
exerting influence by reason of high status
On the buildings that surround the Circle, every window is packed with the most
prestigious citizens of the Capitol.
in an agile manner
I try to focus on the talk, which has turned to our interview costumes, when a girl sets a gorgeous-looking cake on the table and
deftly lights it.