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Chapter 25 Summary

The next morning, Katniss realizes that this alliance will have to end soon. She takes Peeta away from the group, claiming that she will teach him to swim. Peeta agrees that the alliance will have to break up soon, but he suggests that they wait until Enobaria and Brutus have been eliminated. This makes sense because leaving now would mean having two groups of enemies plus Chaff, wherever he is. They return to the shore.

Beetee calls the group together to tell them about his plan. Although Beetee is by far the least impressive fighter, Katniss notes that he seems like a schoolteacher to the rest of the victors. They listen carefully as he explains that Enobaria and Brutus are unlikely to risk another direct attack when they are so outnumbered. Rather than risk their lives in the jungle, Beetee suggests that they use his wire to connect the lightning tree (the tree the lightning strikes each day) to the water in the middle of the arena. If they abandon the beach, a source of seafood, the Careers will likely go to the beach to get food. What the Careers will not realize is that they are walking into a trap that will electrocute them.

Before they leave, more bread from District 3 arrives. They divide the food as evenly as they can, though there are five of them and only 24 rolls. Johanna takes the lead as they enter the jungle and climb to the lightning tree. Katniss fantasizes about a cold drink of water. Everything in the arena is the same temperature, and everyone inside is like a stew. However, before they reach the edge of the jungle,...

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