Now it's Tris's turn to wander around the compound.
Tris stares at a sculpture of a big ol' rock being dripped on by water. A Chihuly it is not.
Zoe explains that the sculpture is an overwrought metaphor for change: small drops can eventually cause big change.
Tris, being Tris, just wants to smash the water tank and unleash the whole thing. Raar! Destruction! Tris-zilla!
Zoe patiently explains that "then we wouldn't have any water left to do anything else" (17.18). Tris, however, is still thinking: "TRIS SMASH."
After that conversation, Zoe takes Tris to the labs. They have something that belongs to her mom.
Zoe calls Tris "heroic" (17.26), and Tris objects to that, sarcastically saying, "Heroism is what I was focused on. Not, you know, trying not to die" (17.27). Tris, you weren't trying that hard. We lost count of all the times you've almost willingly killed yourself.
Zoe also talks a bit more about the experiments taking place in Indianapolis and Chicago, Tris's city.
Anyway, Zoe and Tris meet a guy named Matthew in the lab who gives Tris a file belonging to "Natalie Wright," which was Tris's mother's name before she became known as Tris's mother.
It seems Tris's mother's genes were "nearly perfect" (17.64), like Kate Winslet's.
Tris's mother came from outside the city, and volunteered to be sent in to help.
Tris wonders if her mother was assigned to marry her father.
Matthew gives Tris a tablet with her mother's journal on it, and he asks her if she'll come in with Tobias so that he can test their genes for Divergent characteristics.
Tris agrees, excited for Matthew to get into her genes.