Catching Fire Chapter 8 Summary
by Suzanne Collins

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Chapter 8 Summary

At the end of the seventh chapter, Katniss sees that Gale is being whipped for poaching. Poaching requires a weapon, which is forbidden. Fortunately, Gale was only caught with a turkey. If he were found with a weapon, he would be punished by death. Usually the Peacekeepers look the other way, but the Capitol has sent District 12 a new Head Peacekeeper. Katniss does not take any of this in as she rushes to save Gale from being whipped. She defends him by throwing herself in front of him and ends up taking a lash in her face.

Katniss would be punished further if not for Haymitch, who interrupts the whipping. Haymitch points out that Katniss is a victor, and he scolds the new Peacekeeper for ruining Katniss’s face just one week before a scheduled photo session. Haymitch threatens to call the Capitol to complain. Before the standoff can escalate any further, Greasy Sae steps in and suggests that the required number of lashes has been dealt anyway. Darius, a District 12 veteran Peacekeeper, is lying on the ground; he was punished for trying to intervene before Katniss’s arrival.

Haymitch, Peeta, and Katniss carry Gale to Katniss’s home in the Victor’s Village. Katniss’s mother is a nurse. Although she suffered from depression and failed to provide for Katniss after her father’s death, she is a confident woman when faced with the wounded. Katniss’s mother takes charge and does what she can for Gale, who has been severely whipped. When Katniss sees that Gale is not going to get enough pain medication, she lashes out at her mother. Her mother has Haymitch and Peeta remove Katniss from the room.

As Katniss calms down, she overhears the others talking....

(The entire section is 440 words.)