This is a vocabulary memo from a novel Divergent chapter 3.
Just for a reference, the summary of a whole story can be found in the following post:
Summary of Chapter 3
- Beatrice wakes up from the aptitude tests. Tori, the proctor, is perplexed and tells Beatrice that she is a "Divergent."
- Tori warns Beatrice not to tell anyone about the result (being a Divergent) or she would be eliminated.
- Beatrice is quite confused to know that she is a Divergent.
I put「 」next to the word that I might forget the sound.
Using Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com
Beatrice is so nervous when she's waiting for her result of the aptitude tests; it is supposed to be revealed as soon as the tests are over but Tori keeps Beatrice waiting. Besides, Tori says the result is perplexing, making Beatrice worried that she would become factionless.
To live factionless is not just to live in poverty and discomfort; it is to live divorced from society, separated from the most important thing in life: community.Divergent: Chapter three
This is so true. If I had no community, I would have felt I'm a complete outsider to where I currently live. So this sentence sticks out to me because I know how much community means to people.
This reminds Beatrice of what her mother told her before:
...we can’t survive alone, but even if we could, we wouldn’t want to. Without a faction, we have no purpose and no reason to live.Divergent: Chapter three
I like this line because I feel this one is absolutely true as well. Everything surrounding me is the result of somebody's effort. The water, light, gas, and etc are provided by the hard work of many people. Likewise, I can use the internet, cell phone, computers, etc because many people are working to provide the services. Even my favorite mug cup is here because somebody created it. The list goes on; there is nothing that I provided by myself. We cannot live alone.
Though it might sound very normal, I come to think that companies or organizations and people working for them are supporting others' life so much. Once I realized it, I can't stop being so thankful for others' works regardless of their visibility.