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Chapter 12 Summary

Katniss’s foot will take time to heal. Although her wedding shoot was supposed to happen soon, Haymitch pushed back the date so Katniss’s face could heal after she received a lash protecting Gale from the Peacekeepers. It is rare that Katniss has time to recover, but she finally gets it. Unfortunately, with District 8 having recently rebelled and recent news that District 13 could be a stronghold that defies the Capitol, Katniss is frustrated that she cannot start an uprising in District 12. For now, she has to make do eating Peeta’s baking and healing under her mother’s watchful eye.

One morning, Katniss wakes up to find that her stylists have arrived. It is time for her to start trying on her wedding gowns. As always, the stylists take possession of Katniss’s body, though they only shave her hair rather than waxing her body this time. Although Katniss has little use for these beauty sessions, she tries to pry information about the other districts from her Capitol stylists. She infers that other districts are rebelling because there has been no seafood in the Capitol for months—ostensibly because of bad weather. Katniss knows that bad weather is just the cover-up story the Capitol is spreading. Before long, the wedding gown session ends. Prim returns home the next day with news that there will be an evening broadcast that all of Panem’s citizens are required to watch. It turns out that the Capitol is being treated to all of Katniss’s wedding plans.

Before the show ends, President Snow takes the stage to share information about the 75th annual Hunger Games, the third Quarter Quell. The Hunger Games are meant to remind the...

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