by Suzanne Collins
Power Quotes in Mockingjay
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Don't be ridiculous," she snaps. Of course, she thinks it's hers. She's second in command.
"It's true," says Homes. "He transferred the prime security clearance to her while he was dying. I saw it." (20.25-26)
Here Jackson demands the power that is rightfully hers, since she's the person who is "second in command." The Holo should have gone straight to her. But Boggs has outsmarted her. Katniss has control over the Holo until she releases it or until she dies – and she's determined not to give it to Jackson.
"I think... you still have no idea. The effect you can have." He slides his cuffs up the support and pushes himself to a sitting position. "None of the people we lost were idiots. They knew what they were doing. They followed you because they believed you really could kill Snow." (23.54)
Once again Katniss has underestimated the power and authority she holds – "[t]he effect [she] can have." She's a dangerous warrior whom other people trust and put their faith in, a person whom other people are willing to die to protect and serve. She's a real, natural leader in ways that people like Snow or Coin never will be.
"On my authority," says Paylor. "She has a right to anything behind that door." These are her soldiers, not Coin's. They drop their weapons without question and let me pass. (25.28)
This passage reveals dual power; both Paylor and Katniss have a certain amount of "authority." That authority is Paylor's to command, and Katniss's to command by "right." Somewhat strangely, the second has to be recognized by the first in order to be obeyed, though. As in, Katniss's power here is conditional on Paylor's power already being established.