| Quote #10
That brings me back to Cato. But while I think I had a sense of Foxface, who she was and how she operated, he's a little more slippery. Powerful, well trained, but smart? I don't know. Not like she was. And utterly lacking in the control Foxface demonstrated. I believe Cato could easily lose his judgment in a fit of temper. (24.29)
If Foxface was the smartest, then Cato is the strongest. But why doesn't either of them win? What does it take to win in this game?
| Quote #11
We both know they have to have a victor.
Yes, they have to have a victor. Without a victor, the whole thing would blow up in the Gamemakers' faces. They'd have failed the Capitol. Might possibly even be executed, slowly and painfully while the cameras broadcast it to every screen in the country.
If Peeta and I were both to die, or they thought we were…
My fingers fumble with the pouch on my belt, freeing it. Peeta sees it and his hand clamps on my wrist. "No, I won't let you."
"Trust me," I whisper. He holds my gaze for a long moment then lets me go. (25.85-89)
At the end of the game, Katniss realizes that she can't kill Peeta. The only thing left for the two of them to do, then, is to defy the government one last time by killing themselves. Why does the plan work?