Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 421
The quarantine warehouse is much more crowded with letumosis patients than on Cinder’s first visit. She rushes inside and searches for Peony, who now shows all the signs of stage four letumosis: she is blue and has cracking skin and yellowed fingernails with blackened tips. Cinder tries to make Peony sit up and drink the vial of antidote. Peony is too incoherent to respond.
Cinder’s attempts to help Peony are interrupted by a series of communications from Adri. Cinder is too busy to answer, but Adri keeps trying. Annoyed, Cinder switches off her comm link. She holds the vial to Peony’s lips and begs her to drink, but Peony does not do it. She mumbles for her mother and loses consciousness.
Cinder begs her sister to wake up so she can drink the antidote and dance with Prince Kai at the ball. But it is too late. Peony cannot swallow the medicine, and she dies. Soon a med-droid appears with a scalpel, ready to cut out Peony’s ID chip. Cinder cannot stand the idea of some fugitive Lunar adopting her sister’s identity, so she orders the med-droid away.
When the med-droid refuses to back down, Cinder attacks and disables it. Then she cuts out Peony’s ID chip. As she does so, she tells the android that the chip belongs to Peony and her family, not to anyone else. When this ghastly task is over, Cinder is badly shaken.
On her way out of the quarantine area, Cinder sees Chang Sunto, the little son of the baker from the market. He is in the late stages of letumosis and is...
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