Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 15-16:
Visiting day has arrived!
All of the transfers are quiet and nervous wondering if their parents have shown up.
Eric gives them all a piece of advice.
Families fill the pit area and are meeting their children.
Tris meets Will and Christina’s parents as well as Al’s mom.
Tris is given advice on being divergent.
Tris comes to a shocking realization.
Al and Tris have a short conversation about Dauntless, which leads to an uncomfortable situation.
No one discusses anything to do with visiting day.
Christina and Will have a little fight.
Tris concedes some information about her aptitude test to her friends.
The ranks for stage one are up.
Fighting breaks out after the ranks are released.
That night, two new and unexpected people are leaving Dauntless permanently.
**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 15-16**
It is visiting day at Dauntless and Tris wakes up to see Molly just leaving with a purple and blue face.
Tris gets ready quickly; all the transfers are quiet because they are nervous that their parents haven’t shown up.
Eric comes in to give them advice,
“If by some miracle your families do come to visit you…which I doubt, it is best not to seem to attached. That will make it easier for you, and easier for them. We also take the phrase, ‘faction before blood’ very seriously here. Attachment to your family suggests you aren’t entirely pleased with your faction, which would be shameful. Understand?” (Roth. Pg. 176.)
Eric stops Tris and congratulates her on her fight against Molly.
Tris thinks, “If Eric thinks I did something right, I must have done it wrong.” (Roth. Pg. 176.)
There are so many families in the pit. Most of them are made up of Dauntless initiates with their Dauntless parents.
Drew and Molly’s parents didn’t show up but Peter’s did.
Will’s mom showed up as well as Christina’s mom and sister.
Tris is considering just going back to the dormitory when she sees her mom.
Her mom is impressed with how she has filled out and wants to know how she is.
Tris asks where her dad is and her mom tries to say he is too busy with work.
Tris tells her that she knows her dad won’t come and her mom says, “Your father has been selfish lately. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you, I promise.” (Roth. Pg. 179.)
Her mom explains that she can’t go see Caleb because Abnegation is no longer allowed anywhere near Erudite.
Tris sees Four and wonders why he isn’t with family, her mom notices and they go to talk to him.
Four says, “Your daughter is doing well here. I’ve been overseeing her training.” When her mom says she had been worried, he responds, “You shouldn’t worry.” (Roth. Pg. 181.)
After this Tris takes her mom to meet her friends, they run into Al’s mom and Tris tells her she doesn’t know where all is.
Al’s mom speaks of almost having a panic attack coming into the pit and Tris notices that her mom seems comfortable and alive unlike all the other transfer parents.
Tris gets in a miniature fight with Will’s sister Cara. Mainly because Cara attacks the abnegation because she is Erudite, claiming she knows that they steal food, etc.
Tris speaks up for mom, “Don’t speak to my mother that way. Don’t say another word to her or I swear I will break your nose.” (Roth. Pg. 185.)
Will tells Tris to back off and her mom distracts her and pulls her away.
Tris’ mom drags her down towards the dining hall and then down a dark hallway.
Tris asks her how she knows where she is going and her mom thwarts her by asking her about the fights and about her rank.
Her mom then asks her what her test results and after a few moments of contemplation, Tris tells her they were inconclusive.
Her mom doesn’t seem shocked at all and warns Tris saying, “I thought as much, many children who are raised Abnegation receive that kind of result. We don’t know why.” (Roth. Pg. 186.)
Continuing by telling her some advice, “But you have to be careful during the next stage of initiation. Beatrice. Stay in the middle of the pack, no matter what you do. Don’t draw attention to yourself. Do you understand?” (Roth. Pg. 186-187.)
She continued to tell Tris is never say the word Divergent and never tell anyone because Dauntless could already be watching her.
She then asks Tris for a favor, she wants her to go see Caleb after initiation and ask him to research the simulation serum.
With that her mom is leaving, “’Have a piece of cake for me, all right? The chocolate. It’s delicious.’ She smiles a strange, twisted smile and adds, ‘I love you, you know.’” (Roth. Pg. 188.)
Tris stands alone in the hall, thinking about the events and all of a sudden, it’s very clear.
Her mom was Dauntless.
Favorite quotes from chapter fifteen:
When Tris finds out why her mom is so accepting of her choosing Dauntless, “I stand alone in the blue light coming from the lamp above me, and I understand: She has been to the compound before. She remembered the hallway. She knows about the initiation process. My mother was Dauntless.” (Roth. Pg. 188.)
Later on in the day Tris wanders back to the dormitory while the other initiates hang out with their families.
She finds Al and asks him why he didn’t go see his mom.
He tells her that his parents were big fans of Dauntless and they would be disappointed that he is doing so poorly.
She asks him why he chose Dauntless and he tells her that he wanted to protect people, not hurt them.
Al tells her, “I feel braver when I’m around you, you know, like I could actually fit in here, the same way you do.” (Roth. Pg. 191.)
Then he slides close to her and puts her arm across her shoulders. Tris rejects him and he gets extremely embarrassed and hurt.
None of the initiates speak about their family visits. At dinner, Christina and Will get upset with each other while discussing how Erudite aren’t allowed to have pets. Christina is sad because she misses her dog, Chunker.
Will tells her to get a dog after initiation and she said that dogs are ruined for her after the aptitude test.
They all talk about killing the dog but realize that Tris is lying. Tris inevitably tells them that she got an Abnegation result but chose Dauntless.
The ranks are up when they return to the Dormitory. Eric says that stage two is weighted more heavily because it is about overcoming cowardice.
The ranks were as follows:
Tris thinks quickly that Al isn’t last but if the Dauntless-born did well, he might be out.
Molly freaks out about being fifth, and Four says, “If you intend to secure yourself a high rank, I suggest you don’t make a habit of losing to low-ranked opponents.” (Roth. Pg. 199.)
Molly then says to Tris: “You, you are going to pay for this.” (Roth. Pg. 199.)
Peter is second, Tris thinks that it is weird that he is so quiet, he shouldn’t be happy with second.
Al refuses to go and celebrate with Tris, Will and Christina, he just wants to sleep because he might be out of Dauntless and he is still embarrassed.
Tris can’t sleep that night, she is thinking about her mom and why she left Dauntless for Abnegation.
Tris hears movement in the night, a shoe, then a scream that suggests a lot of pain.
Someone goes to get the light and Tris thinks, “I don’t want to see where the screaming is coming from. A scream like that can only mean blood and bone and pain.” (Roth. Pg. 202.)
The lights are on, it’s Edward. He is on the ground holding his face, with blood everywhere.
From his eye sticks a butter knife.
People are yelling for help but Tris takes control. She feels calm, she tells him to lie still.
She convinces him to let the doctor take out the knife and consoles him until the nurse gets there and makes her move.
The only two people missing in the room are Peter and Drew.
As Tris was her hands, a bunch of times, Christina, Will and Tris talk about how telling someone who did it would be brave but in Dauntless wouldn’t do any good.
Will talks about the faction manifestos and says that part of Dauntless’ was, “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for the other.” (Roth. Pg. 206.)
Tris thinks, “I know what he means. Maybe Dauntless was formed with good intentions, with the right ideals and right goals. But it has strayed far from them. And the same is true for Erudite.” (Roth. Pg. 206.)
She wonders if the same is true of all the factions.
Later when they go back to their room, Edward and Myra’s beds have been stripped clean and they are informed that they have both quit.
Two of the Dauntless-born were cut.
At the end of the chapter, Tris thinks to herself, “We started stage one with nine initiates. Now we have seven.” (Roth. Pg. 208.)
Favorite Quote from chapter sixteen:
Something Al says to Tris as they are discussing why he chose Dauntless, “No, I guess it was because…I think it’s important to protect people. To stand up for people. Like you did for me. That’s what the Dauntless are supposed to do, right? Not…hurt people for no reason.” (Roth. Pg. 190.)
Thoughts on Chapter 15-16:
Four tells Tris’ mom that she is doing very well.
Tris gets to see her mom and she finds out her mom was Dauntless and that her mom wants her to go on a secret mission after initiation.
Edward is out because of Peter, Al made it through as well as Tris and her other friends.
Seven transfers left, Tris gets closer to being Dauntless, will she survive?
What will happen when Tris goes to see her brother?
Will she follow her mom’s advice and lay low?
How will they do in stage two?
With Edward gone, who will be Peter’s next victim?