I am not sadistic." He doesn’t yell. I wish he would yell. It would scare me less. He leans his face close to mine, which reminds me of lying inches away from the attack dog’s fangs in the aptitude test, and says, "If I wanted to hurt you, don’t you think I would have already?
Veronica Roth, Divergent, p 165
UGH. Nope. Nope nope nope. I am so tired of “romantic” plotlines about tough guys showing restraint. THIS IS A THREAT. Four is pointing out how easily he could hurt Tris, and how noble he is to have not done so. She is scared, he is in her space, and he reminds her of an “attack dog’s fangs.” This is NOT romantic or valiant in any way!