Katniss remains very aware of the prying eyes of Panem. She works hard to disguise her emotions, primarily those emotions that she believes will make her appear weak, in the same way that she hides her cravings for her mother's gentle touches back home in District 12. When Peeta talks about how he hopes someone else will kill Thresh, Katniss starts to cry because she doesn't want anyone else to die, which is unacceptable from a tribute in the Hunger Games. Instead, she disguises her tears as homesickness. Throughout the novel, Katniss has been preoccupied with making sure that she doesn't owe anyone any debts, particularly Peeta. She believes that her poverty and experience growing up in the Seam makes her feel this way and doesn't expect Peeta to understand. Thresh, who also grew up with very little, does understand though, and Katniss explains this to Peeta. She continues to compare Gale and Peeta, trying to decide what they would make of one another,
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