what does Katniss call the days when you can eat a lot but never get full?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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"Despite the groosling and the fish, my stomach's growling, and I know I'm going to have what we call a hollow day back in District 12" (230). 

This moment in the novel occurs in chapter 17 as Katniss battles thirst and starvation in the arena of the Hunger Games.  She feels hungry, and there is little to do at the time, but wait.  Thinking about the luxurious servings of food back at the Capitol makes Katniss' hunger feel even worse.  Collins' clever coinage of the phrase "hollow day" is a clever use of figurative language, diction, and imagery, conjuring a picture in the mind of the reader of an empty vessel, waiting to be filled.