What happens in chapter 12 of The Hunger Games?

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Katniss is so surprised to hear that Peeta is allied with the Careers that she almost falls out of the tree.  Peeta goes off to finish killing the person they tried to kill, and Katniss overhears the tribute arguing about what to do about him.

The audience will be beside themselves, knowing I was in the tree, that I overheard the Careers talking, that I discovered Peeta was with them.  Until I work out exactly how I want to play that, I’d better at least act on top of things. (ch 12, p. 161)

Katniss’s snares have produced a rabbit, and she is pleased that the audience will see her hunt.  At the same time, Katniss is concerned that she has not been able to drink enough water.  Since she was not able to get the supplies she needed, she has to find everything on her own.  She wonders why Haymitch is not sending her water, because she thinks she must have sponsors.

Realizing that Haymitch does not want to kill her off, she decides there must be water close by.  She finds some as she is near collapse.  As soon as she starts feeling better, she notices a “wall of fire” coming at her.

This chapter demonstrates Katniss’s survival skills.  Unlike Peeta, she can do things on her own.  She is not sure why Peeta has allied with the Careers, but she thinks there is a strategy involved.  At the same time, she believes Haymitch has a strategy and will not waste valuable resources when Katniss can find them herself.  This show that despite feeling alone, Katniss trusts both of them.


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