Beatrice Prior


Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it´s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can´t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can´t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.

I have something I need to tell you,“ he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. "I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”
“That’s sensible of you,” I say, smiling too. “We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something.”
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
“Maybe I’m already sure,” he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”
I laugh a little. “Then you should know better.”
“Fine,” he says. “Then I love you.
—  Four Eaton to Tris Prior