Anonymous said: wow that definitely clears some things up! im still kinda lost though with the whole if she knew or not- so when you think she says "pay for the pleasure of your company" to Finnick she's meaning sleep with them but in a 'nicer/more polite way'? and is this a total canon/headcanon thing of whether or not she knew he had sex with them before the propo? thx x a million!
I think this is easiest to explain with the athlete who suddenly appears everywhere in the media comparison. Like, imagine that athlete again and seeing pictures of that person with one actor at dinner one day, then a week later with a singer on a concert and looking pretty friendly, having drinks with a tv host a few days later, also looking a bit too friendly. Most people would think that that athlete had sex with a least some of them, if not all of them, based on the gossip and the photos everywhere in the media. So I think that’s how Katniss thought of Finnick. She probably didn’t overthink it and analyze the gossip and news about him because I don’t think she was into that kind of thing. But she couldn’t avoid news about him completely since it was just everywhere in the media so she had this media made image of him as a “player” (maybe that would be the best word). She calls those people “lovers” and I don’t think she’d call them that unless she thought they were romantically/sexually involved. So when she says “pay for pleasure of his company” she doesn’t mean she knew about prostitution, it means she thought he slept around but because he wanted to and just because he liked the attention and the fame and gifts. It is canon that she didn’t know about the prostitution because when he talks about it in the propo she says:"I want to interrupt the taping and beg Finnick‘s forgiveness for every false thought I‘ve ever had about him."
So she had a bunch of false thoughts (he’s in this willingly) and now she knows the truth (he was forced to do it).
I hope this clears it up for you :)