America and her family watch as the selected girls are being announced.
"Miss Fiona Castley of Paloma, Three."
"Doesn't she seem awfully—
America is selected, and everyone is surprised.
"Miss America Singer of Carolina, Five"
The phone rings: the first of many calls to come.
This scene displays America and her family as they watch the announcements regarding the girls in the Selection. The Selection is a once in a lifetime chance in which thirty-five girls aged between sixteen and twenty are selected to court the prince. The girls will live in the palace while being greatly compensated until the prince eventually chooses one girl in the end to become the princess.
America, already having a secret lover, did not wish to enter the Selection. However, she had been bribed by her mother and never thought she would get drawn anyway. Once she is called, she is very distraught. The rest of her family is elated- for once they might be able to live comfortably with their statuses as Fives through the Selection's compensation.
I chose this scene because it is when America gets picked. It's the true beginning of her journey in the Selection, with much more to come. I also chose this scene because I felt that the phone ringing set the mood for the rest of the book. It set in the feeling of business, a later theme to be referenced during America's palace life.