by Suzanne Collins
Love Quotes in Mockingjay
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Gale, who I have never seen cry, has tears in his eyes. To keep them from spilling over, I reach forward and press my lips against his. We taste of heat, ashes, and misery. It's a surprising flavor for such a gentle kiss. He pulls away first and gives me a wry smile. "I knew you'd kiss me."
"How?" I say. Because I didn't know myself.
"Because I'm in pain," he says. "That's the only way I get your attention." He picks up the box. "Don't worry, Katniss. It'll pass." (8.69-71)
What kind of relationship do Gale and Katniss have? Based on Gale's comments here, it seems like an unbalanced one. She only expresses love or care for him when he is "in pain." Otherwise, at least in his opinion, she doesn't appear to notice him. And it does seem like Katniss is more inclined to reach out and give physical comfort when Gale is obviously hurting.
"[…] I knew I'd misjudged you. That you do love him. I'm not saying in what way. Maybe you don't know yourself. But anyone paying attention could see how much you care about him," he says gently.
Anyone? On Snow's visit before the Victory Tour, he challenged me to erase any doubts of my love for Peeta. "Convince me," Snow said. It seems, under that hot pink sky with Peeta's life in limbo, I finally did. And in doing so, I gave him the weapon he needed to break me. (11.19-20)
Finnick helps Katniss realize a wonderful and terrible truth: that she loves Peeta, somehow. But her love for him is also what's put him in terrible danger. True, it might be keeping him alive, but at what cost? Something that should be private and emotional has become a public weapon.
"We were outside at the end of the day. I tried to catch your eye. You looked away. And then... for some reason, I think you picked a dandelion." I nod. He does remember. I have never spoken about that moment aloud. "I must have loved you a lot."
"You did." My voice catches and I pretend to cough.
"And did you love me?" he asks.
I keep my eyes on the tiled floor. "Everyone says I did. Everyone says that's why Snow had you tortured. To break me." (16.83-86)
In this poignant moment, Peeta struggles to recapture his feelings and memories after being hijacked. Yet he seems more ready to admit those feelings than Katniss, who wasn't hijacked. When asked directly if she loved him, Katniss sidesteps the question and explains that "everyone" else "says" that she did. The words and actions of all the people around her point to and explain this love. But she herself is unable to admit it.