The Kiss from Mr Mellark’s POV.
There’s a general murmur of dissent in the crowd when she leans forward and kisses him. People don’t like it; it feels cheap. But there is also excitement; hope that perhaps they’ll come home alive. We could have a pair of winners. But something else is bothering me; I’ve seen that blank look that Katniss Everdeen’s eyes hold before. I’ve seen that expression on her mother’s face. It means that not all is as it seems with the star-crossed lovers from District Twelve. She’s hiding something. And If I know my son, he believes wholeheartedly that she is telling the truth. Which means a broken heart if - no, when - he gets home. I just hope she’s not all he’s living for.
◢ I THINK THE COMBINATION OF LISTENING TO HARRY POTTER MUSIC (farewell to dobby, to be exact) AND IT BEING THAT TIME OF THE MONTH SOON IS JUST MAKING ME SO EMOTIONAL RIGHT NOW. I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE ALL OF YOU FOLLOW ME AND I AM SO LUCKY I HAVE MADE SO MANY FRIENDS… I JUST FEEL SO LUCKY AND FABULOUS AND FANTASTIC AND I LOVE YOU. YOU. YOU.
◢ Peeta is a homophone for “pita,” a type of bread (given that the Mellark family vocation is baking, with which Peeta personally seems to take a genuine interest). “Peeta” is also a derivation of Peter, which means “the rock,” which is a role that Peeta seems to play for Katniss (despite her best efforts, she does indeed need his grounding to stay alive, sane, and — eventually — happy). The homophone “pietà” is Italian for “pity” or “lamentation,” particularly in a religious context (Michelangelo’s favorite of his sculptures was the Pietà, Jesus’ body cradled by Mary. It has long been legend that Michelangelo stabbed a man to achieve the knowledge necessary to sculpt the human form in its moment of death so accurately). Together with Finnick’s name, Peeta’s name (and one of his symbolic tropes) help to create “loaves and fishes,” which go on to allude that they help to feed the entire nation of Panem. Peeta’s name is also a literal part of Panem itself, as panem means “bread” and Peeta is a type of bread. “Mellark” is less clear. It is likely portmanteau or a proprietary name; however, it does find origin in “lark,” which is a type of songbird (which would relate to the pointed mention that when Katniss sings, “all the birds stopped to listen.” Also to the whole mockingjay bit). In old Europe, lark tongue was considered a highly-prized delicacy (which relates to SC’s iteration that Peeta constructs and relates to his world through speech). Traditional Western literature uses the lark to symbolize merriment as the lark sang hymns at the gates of heaven; the lark was the bird that announced the coming of the day. Because of the bird’s boundless energy, it is said the lark is also the symbol of hope, happiness, and of good fortune; creativity — all things that Peeta is an allegory for!