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She returns home to wash and dress for the reaping

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She returns home to wash and dress for the reaping, which takes place in the square in  front of the Justice Building. Her mother lets her wear one of her light blue dresses, a  dress from her apothecary days before she moved to the Seam with Katniss' father. At  the reaping, the children stand in rows, from oldest to youngest, and all 8,000 citizens of  District 12 are required to attend. Camera crews are there, as they are in every district,  to record the events. At 2:00, Mayor Undersee tells the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of what  was once called North America, and how this country survived droughts, disasters, and  storms. He recalls the shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, and how the Dark  Days came, a time when the districts rose up against the Capitol; twelve districts were 
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Unformatted text preview: defeated, and the thirteenth was completely destroyed. From those Dark Days came the Treaty of Treason, meant to guarantee that the Dark Days would never return. It also set the Hunger Games in place, a punishment for the uprising. In the Hunger Games, two tributes from each district are selected from a lottery and then sent to an arena where they kill one another. The last tribute living is the winner, and that tribute's district is showered with gifts, mostly food. Haymitch Abernathy, District 12's only living Hunger Games winner, arrives late, staggers drunk onto the stage, and gives Effie Trinket a hug. She shakes him off, and it's time for the drawing. Effie reaches into a glass bowl full of slips of paper and pulls out the name of the female tribute: Primrose Everdeen....
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