Chapter 8- The Giver

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  • What happened?
  • What could I have done?
  • "I have caused you anxiety, I apologize to my community" (Lowry 75). 
  • "Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver Of Memory" (Lowry 76). 
  • *gasp*
  • The audience is ill at ease and their are murmurs of confusion about the Chief Elders mistake. She had skipped Jonas's number! Jonas is terrified, humiliated and confused. 
  • "He has shown all the qualities a Receiver must have" (Lowry 78). 
  • The Chief Elder acknowledges her mistake and apologizes to the audience and Jonas. The audience easses at her smile. Jonas is invited to come to the front and he does so weightedly and clumsily, as the Chief Elder tries to reassure him.
  • "We thank you for your childhood" (Lowry 80). 
  • The audience... changed
  • The Chief Elder explains, that Jonas has not been assigned, he has been selected as the Receiver of Memory. Everybody looks at him in awe, shocked and astonished. 
  • "JONAS. JONAS. JONAS" (Lowry 81). 
  • The Chief Elder explains why Jonas has received this selection. Through his intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom and his capacity to see beyond, he qualified as Receiver of Memory, a very rare selection. 
  • Jonas is unsure of his capacity to see beyond until the audience changes and he is reassured that he belongs in this position. The Chief Elder thanks him for his childhood.
  • Jonas is chanted in by the audience and he swells with pride. At the same time he is unsure what his selection means, what he was to become, or what would become of him. 
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