Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 23-24:
Tris sleeps over in Four’s room to be safe.
They have a sweet morning conversation.
Tris faces breakfast and leans on her friends for support.
Four is intentionally cruel to Drew. Four explains about stage two and the final test that will be considered stage three.
He puts Peter in his place in front of everyone.
Al and Tris have an argument.
Christina wakes Tris up later with terrible news.
Everyone is shattered by the news.
Tris runs to Tori for guidance.
Molly and Tris get into a fight again.
Eric is obnoxious, Tris loses her cool during a conversation with Four.
Four and Tris have a heart melting moment as the chapter ends.
**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 23-24**
Tris sleeps in Four’s bed while he sleeps on the floor.
She looks at him while he sleeps and realizes she likes him when he isn’t in “instructor mode.”
When she wakes in the morning she is so sore.
They have a cute moment when Tris says that Peter would throw a party if she stopped breathing.
Four lightens the mode by saying, “Well, I would only go if there were cake.” (Roth. Pg. 290.)
Four enters the cafeteria first and when Tris enters she plays the role of a cowering little girl. She has her head lowered and walks slowly.
Her friends are instantly worried and she tells them about Peter, Al and Drew.
Tris realizes that she is the new Edward except she won’t run. Will says that he noticed that Al had been different since stage two began.
Drew enters and he is badly beaten. Tris explains that “someone” came and saved her before they could toss her in the chasm.
Uriah absolutely loses it and says, “We have to edge them out of the rankings. That will damage their futures. Permanently.” (Roth. Pg. 293.)
Four takes the transfers to the fear landscape, the whole way there he taunts Drew and makes him move faster. Tris is secretly pleased.
The fear landscape makes everyone aware they are in a simulation and they must take control.
Tris worries that she is losing her advantage because now everyone will be like her as a Divergent.
Four explains that the system has stored their worst fear data and input it into the system. It will generate a fear obstacle course that they will need to complete for their third stage ranking which is ranked heaviest because it is mental preparedness.
Everyone will have a different amount of fears based on the amount they have.
Peter speaks up that it isn’t fair because one person could have seven fears and another might have twenty.
Four laughs at him and calls him a coward, revealing in front of everyone that he is scared of an Abnegation girl.
Al is in the dormitory when Tris and her friends get there, looking like he has been crying. Will and Christina immediately close ranks to protect Tris.
Al asks to speak to Tris alone and Will cuts in, “Are you kidding? You don’t get to come near her ever again.” (Roth. Pg. 299.)
Al starts begging for forgiveness and apologizing. Tris quietly responds with, “Stay away from me. Never come near me again. If you do, I swear to God I will kill you. You coward.” (Roth. Pg. 300.)
Favorite quotes from chapter twenty-three:
A conversation between Four and Peter,
Peter: “That doesn’t seem fair, what if one person only has seven fears and someone else has twenty? That’s not their fault.”
Four: “Do you really want to talk to me about what’s fair?” “I understand why you’re worried, Peter. The events of last night certainly proved that you are a miserable coward.”
Peter stares back, expressionless.
Four: “So now we all know, that you are afraid of a short, skinny girl from Abnegation.” his mouth curls in a smile. (Roth. Pg. 298.)
Tris is woken by Christina. All she says is, “It’s Al, come on.” (Roth, Pg. 301.)
Tris knows something is horrible has happened. She feels it in her bones.
They arrive at the pit as they haul something out of the chasm.
Tris sinks to the ground taking Christina with her.
Tris is hysterical. Someone brings a black bag to put Al in but she thinks he won’t fit causing a hysterical laugh to try and escape her lips, she chokes it down and runs as fast as she can.
She runs straight to Tori. Tori talks about her brother and how she still hasn’t gotten over it. She still thinks about getting revenge but she hasn’t done anything because the timing isn’t right.
Molly makes fun of Tris for not drinking and then taunts her about another article about her father and why she left.
Tris punches Molly in the jaw without out even thinking and Will holds Molly back so she can’t retaliate.
Eric climbs onto a box to make a speech.
Tris thinks about how in Abnegation, suicide was never celebrated. It was seen as selfish. No one would ever say it aloud but they would think it.
Eric starts by saying that Al was Brave, “The truth is, Albert is now exploring an unknown, uncertain place. He leaped into vicious waters to get there. Who among us is brave enough to venture into the darkness without knowing what lies beyond it? Albert was not yet one of our members, but we can be assured that he was one of our bravest!” (Roth. Pg. 308.)
Eric announces that they will now celebrate Albert, the courageous.
Tris leaves while thinking, “Courageous? Courageous would have been admitting weakness and leaving Dauntless, no matter what shame accompanied it. Pride is what killed Al, and it is the flaw in every Dauntless heart. It is in mine.” (Roth. Pg. 308-309.)
Four follows her and Tris has an absolute meltdown.
She says she doesn’t respect Al and that he was just depressed and a coward and that Eric was ridiculous.
Four tries to keep calm and says, “What do you want them to do? Condemn him? Al’s already dead. He can’t hear it and it’s too late.” (Roth. Pg. 309.)
Tris responds with, “It’s not about Al, it’s about everyone watching! Everyone who now sees hurtling themselves into the chasm as a viable option. I mean, why not do it if everyone calls you a hero afterwards…It’s…I can’t.” (Roth. Pg.310.)
Four reveals that she needs to be careful because the Dauntless are specifically watching her and that’s the reason why he pushes her so hard.
He explains, “Because you’re from Abnegation, and it’s when you’re acting selflessly that you are at your bravest.” (Roth. Pg. 311.)
Four says that it is best to suppress her selflessness because the Dauntless don’t like that. They want all the Dauntless to act and think the same way because then they are easier to control. That’s why the initiation is so tough.
Tris says she doesn’t need his help and he responds with, “You think my first instinct is to protect you. Because you are small, or a girl, or a stiff. But you’re wrong.”
“My first instinct is to push you until you break, just to see how hard I have to press. Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. I’ve seen it. It’s fascinating….sometimes I just…want to see it again. Want to see you awake.” (Roth. Pg. 313-314.)
Tris pulls herself closer to him and wraps her arms around his waist. He brushes his hands against her back and then smoothes her hair. Tris realizes that Four no longer scares her.
Tris asks about Al and tells him she thinks it’s her fault for not forgiving him.
He says it isn’t her fault and then he speaks about guilt, quoting a line directly from one of her fathers Abnegation lectures.
She asks Four what faction he is from originally and he says, “It doesn’t matter, this is where I am now. Something you would do well to remember for yourself.” (Roth. Pg. 315.)
Then he kisses her forehead, leaving his lips pressed there and they embrace as the chapter ends.
Favorite Quote from chapter twenty-four:
Tris loses it after Eric refers to Albert as brave for committing suicide: “He wasn’t brave! He was depressed and a coward and he almost killed me! Is that the kind of thing we respect around here?” (Roth. Pg. 309.)
Thoughts on Chapter 23-24:
Tris and Four’s conversations when she spends the night is adorable.
Tris’ friends are back to being supportive again.
Yay! Go Four! I love how he sticks up for Tris and puts Peter in his place. Then Tris puts Al in his place.
Ahh the heartbreak of Al, I literally broke down crying when it happened. Eric’s disrespect and Tris’ freak out is all too emotional for me.