"In District 1, the place to be is the victor’s village. As a rule, even the middle-class here live fairly comfortable lives – but the village is where you want to be. Grand manors with marble pillars and chimneys that touch the sky, round-the-clock electricity, large patches of lush garden, and far away from the noise of the factories. That right there is the life; what everyone here aspires to. But in order to get there, you have to be the strongest, the smartest, the most agile – the best. So many have already proven that they are the best, and the entire District reveres them for it. I want to be one of them. I want to be a victor, and this is my chance.
I may not be smart, but I’m not an idiot. I know I can’t beat these people.”