In which Eric is still a bad guy in case you’re wondering…
In this chapter we have fights! I hope someone dies because I am almost dying of boredom from reading all about this stupid Dauntless training. Moving on, they are fighting in pairs and Tris remains without a partner. Or should I say enemy? Christina is up against Molly, The Tank, who is one of Peter’s minions. Therefore, she’s one of the bad guys too.
I guess I haven’t really had a friend, period. It’s impossible to have real friendship when no one feels like they can accept help or even talk about themselves. That won’t happen here. I already know more about Christina than I never knew about Susan, and it’s only been two days.
I wonder who are the Abnegation helping if they are not helping each other. They are not helping the factionless or the factions for that matter. Weren’t Susan and Beatrice friends as kids? Kids use to tell a lot of stuff to each other, regardless of how their parents tell them to behave. Or do Abnegation parents keep their kids separated from other kids?
Peter also has a second minion called Drew. An another one of the bad guys I assume. Apparently, the three of them have been inseparable from birth. And in case you forget Peter is evil, the book reminds us by telling that Peter used to beat up kids from other factions and then lie that he didn’t. And everyone believed him because he was Candor. Ain’t that stupid? They should know kids lie regardless of the faction they were born in. Christina hates them, and the 3 of them know this because she told them. Which is weird for B because telling people if you hate them might hurt them. Actually it’s bad for yourself to tell someone that you hate him because that person will feel less empathy towards and could actually hurt you in some way. Molly will probably beat the shit out of Christina.
Meanwhile, Al and Will are fighting. Al is a lot bigger than Will, so he’ll win probably. I guess size matters in a fight when you barely know some combat moves. Eric is there as well and enjoy seeing the fight. Of course, he gets annoyed when he thinks the guys are dragging the fight, instead of ripping each other throats. And we find out when the fight ends.
“It ends when one of you is unable to continue,” says Eric.
“According to Dauntless rules,” Four says, “one of you could also concede.”
Eric narrows his eyes at Four. “According to the old rules,” he says. “In the new rules, no one concedes.”
“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others,” Four replies.
“A brave man never surrenders.”
HOW COME YOU AREN’T ALL DEAD???? Those fights are so stupid and meaningless. And it takes time and training to master a fucking combat style. Why aren’t they studying martial arts? Or Krav Maga? How are they supposed to protect anyone if they don’t know shit about defense.
Four and Eric stare at each other for a few seconds. I feel like I am looking at two different kinds of Dauntless – the honorable kind, and the ruthless kind.
Neah, you’re looking at just one kind: the idiot Dauntless, the only one that exists.
So, Al knocks Will unconscious and B believes for a few seconds that he’s dead. You’re teasing me, book. He’s not dead, but Eric looks at him like he’s a meal. Maybe Eric is also a cannibal. Still evil.
Christina and Molly start fighting and Four gets Will out of the room. Probably to the infirmary if they have one. Of course, Four leaving is bad because now they are at the mercy of Eric.
If conflict in Dauntless ends with only one person standing, I am unsure of what this part of initiation will do to me. Will I be Al, standing over a man’s body, knowing I’m the one who put him on the ground, or will I be Will, lying in a helpless heap? And is it selfish of me to crave victory, or is it brave?
We already know that she’s skinny, so she’ll probably be one of those super beaten up. Craving victory is not something brave. Especially against your own mates.
Anyway, Molly is beating the shit out of Christina as I predicted. Tris holds & squeezes Al’s hand and prays for Christina to fall unconscious. Good to know she can empathize sometimes. Unfortunately, Christina doesn’t and the fight becomes more gory. Al hugs Tris (probably he likes her). Christina screams she’s done and this, of course, enrages Eric. He grab Christina and drags her out of the room, beckoning all of them to follow him.
Guess where they’re going. Yep, to the scary place, the chasm. Eric makes Christina climb over the railing and hang over the chasm for five minutes. If she doesn’t, she becomes factionless. Because being factionless is worse than death, she accepts to do that. She almost falls a couple of times, Tris angsts whether or not to help her and risk having the same fate as her. Eventually, Al starts cheering her and Tris joins him.
Human reason can excuse any evil; that is why it’s so important that we don’t rely on it.
Get it? Knowledge is evil. Because beliefs and religions brought us only peace and rainbows.
Five minutes pass and Eric wants Christina to come up on her own, but Al helps her despite his protests. Tris comes to help too and the chapter ends. G-d, it was dull.