Woman, how you hate to admit it but you’ve read all the spoilers about Mockingjay, the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, because you just had to know whether Peeta gets off-ed.
See, he is just so helpless and vulnerable, you just can’t imagine him being able to survive one minute without Katniss by his side, which means he is a manipulative little schemer! Isn’t that what the Hunger Games are all about, finally? Who turns out to be most successful for putting their own version of reality onto our poor li’l Katniss? Who is most successful at getting her to run around in circles, risking her life over and over and over again? The champion in this regard is unquestionably the baker’s boy. And if Katniss ends up with him that would mean . . .
But enough with science fiction and movies and what-not. Self has to get serious here, because she is beginning a Chapter of Gulag: A History that is titled, simply “The Dying.” (Gulp. And self has to read how many pages of this chapter?)
She loves the poem that begins the chapter, though:
What does it mean — exhaustion?
What does it mean — fatigue?
Every moment is terrifying,
Every movement of your painful arms and legs
Terrible hunger — Raving over bread
“Bread, bread,” the heart beats.
Far away in the gloomy sky,
The indifferent sun turns.
Your breath is a thin whistle
It’s minus fifty degrees
What does it mean — dying?
The mountains look on, and remain silent.
– Nina Gagen-Torn, Memoria
Now, self can’t help but notice that there are two things in the poem that seem unusually resonant, especially after having seen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
And these words are:
But, in order to spare dear blog readers from any more of her fanciful Peeta Mellark and-why-he-is-so-right-for-Katniss quotes, self will bid all adieu.