This is perhaps my favorite quote in Mockingjay. Following her return to District 12, Katniss is suspended in a state of dormancy — she only eats because Sae makes her and only leaves her kitchen to go to the bathroom. She is alive but she isn’t living and unlike her attempts at suicide in the Capitol, she isn’t trying to die. She’s just waiting.
And of course she’s waiting for Peeta. The symbolism may be obvious but it’s oh-so-beautiful to me. He is HER spring, what brings her out of the dormancy of winter. At his return, she snaps back to life in a flurry of activity that includes going to the woods and letting go of Gale. And she tells us again,
It is the old Katniss’s favorite kind of day. Early spring. The woods awakening after the long winter. But the spurt of energy that began with the primroses fades away… (Mockingjay, kindle p 385)
But it’s not really the primroses that “awakened” her back to life, is it? Not coupled with the mention that it is early spring and the woods are coming back to life. It’s Peeta. She’s come to life. Peeta’s come. This whole section just gets me because she’s dead in that chair until he comes.