This must of been why Chief Elder saved him for last.
How could Jonas get such an honorable assignment!?
Murmurs of the crowd agreeing is haerd as well as people shaking their heads in dissapointment.
The audience held a mood of awkwardness and worry. Many held concered looks towards Jonas who had been skipped over.
Could I possibly have this...this ability?
An ability I myself have yet to understand. The ability to see beyond.
The Chief Elder explains how Jonas had not been assigned a job, rather he was selected. The community is shocked to learn that Jonas is the Receiver Of Memory. However, Jonas doesn't seem to know what that job is.
" ...the sea of faces...they changed...'I think it's true'"(Lowry 80).
The Chief Elder turns her attention to her community and explains what traits Jonas has that helped make the decisions of his job. Saying, that this time the committee took extra time in deciding as to not make an other mistake like last time.
Chief Elder explains that there is another reason that Jonas was picked. That he may have the ability to see beyond. She tells the crowd how even she doesn't know what this ability is.
Jonas looks out into the crowd, and slowly some begin to change. He reveals the truth that he does, in fact, have the capacity to see beyond.
The community begins to chant his name. JONAS.JONAS.JONAS. With this chant, Jonas swells with joy and pride knowing that his community is accepting him.