“Fine. How do you know she’s not with you only for the advantage you provide? You know, like getting around the restrictions?”
“Jesus, Cassie. I can’t do anything like that for her. I had to move to a different part of town just so we can live in the same apartment.”
“Well, then, what happens if you get married, have kids? Have you thought what it’d be like to see your children tattooed and monitored like all the other inks? Because at a quarter ink, they’d still be subject to it, Finn.” (Vourvoulias 23)
This passage comes from Finn’s chapter when he is talking to his mom and sister about his new relationship with Mari. Mari is forced to live by all of the restrictions put on inks, even though her father is an American citizen. Cassie asserts that if Mari married Finn, a citizen, she could possibly get out of some of these restrictions. Even though this story is fictional, it is very similar to America today and all of the immigrants that come here. The inks in this story are treated worse than the immigrants in America, but they live similar lives. Both inks and immigrants are treated differently than citizens. Inks are forced to abide by curfews, ride different buses and walk around with tattoos that remind everyone that they are not from America. Cassie and her attitude towards inks is a perfect representation of how inks are treated when they come to America. She doesn’t want Finn to marry Mari or have kids with her because then that means that his kids would be part ink. Cassie’s reaction to inks show that she would be embarrassed to have nieces and nephews who were “tattooed and monitored like all the other inks” (23). Cassie doesn’t seem to understand why Finn would take risks like that just to be with an ink. To Cassie, and other non-inks, it’s as if status is more important than love and doing what makes people happy. One interesting part of this passage is when Cassie says that quarter inks are still subject to ink restrictions. This is surprising because technically being quarter ink means that this person is more of an American than they are an ink. This goes to show any trace of ink in a person is enough for them to be considered an outsider and treated as such. In conclusion, Cassie’s reaction to Finn’s relationship with an ink is a perfect representation of how the citizens view inks and their place in a society where they do not belong.