The Hunger Games

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Can't Help but Look


The train finally begins to slow and suddenly bright light floods the compartment. We can’t help it. Both Peeta and I run to the window to see what we’ve only seen on television, the Capitol, the ruling city of Panem. The cameras haven’t lied about its grandeur. If anything, they have not quite captured the magnificence of the glistening buildings in a rainbow of hues that tower into the air, the shiny cars that roll down the wide paved streets, the oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces who have never missed a meal. (Collins, ch. 4)

What can we infer from the bold phrase in the above passage?


Katniss wants the reader to know how weak she and Peeta feel before even getting to the Capitol.


Katniss and Peeta are overwhelmed with joy for what they are seeing.


Katniss and Peeta are impressed at the unfamiliar colors they see.


Katniss feels guilty that she is at all drawn in by the beauty of the Capitol.


Katniss is trying to explain to the reader exactly how grand the Capitol looks.