It's finally time for this Ceremony we've been hearing so much about.
Gabe isn't there with the other Ones because he's, in short, the runt of the litter.
My name is Gabe.
As the new babies get their names, Jonas sits with Fiona and Asher. He thinks about how much he likes the name "Gabriel.
One family just lost a son, four-year-old named Caleb, when he drowned in the river. Afterwards, everyone partook in the Ceremony of Loss, where they repeated the name of the dead boy softer and softer until everyone forgot about him. And now today, the family gets a new Caleb! Seriously.
That's it for the first day of the Ceremonies. The second morning is when the Ceremony of Twelve takes place.
Jonas doubts that the Elders could ever make the wrong decision. Just look at the way spouses are matched up – they spend years calculating all sorts of compatibility factors before they allow any couples to be formed.
I doubt the Elders and then could ever make a wrong decision.