"Jonas was surprised. There was no way, really, to know in advance. It was a secret selection, made by the leaders of the community, the Committee of Elders, who took the responsibility so seriously that there were never even any jokes made about Assignments."
"Though he had been reassured by the talk with his parents, he hadn’t the slightest idea what Assignment the Elders would be selecting for his future, or how he might feel about it when the day came."
"“Well, it’s the last of the Ceremonies, as you know. After Twelve, age isn’t important. Most of us even lose track of how old we are as time passes, though the information is in the Hall of Open Records, and we could go and look it up if we wanted to. What’s important is the preparation for adult life, and the training you’ll receive in your Assignment.”
Jonas and his father are discussing how his father knew he was going to be assigned at the Nurturing Center because he spent a lot of his volunteering hours there helping out with the babies. This similarity is a good choice by the director of the play because it gives the reader the same emotions.
After dinner, Jonas went to his room and sat at his desk and thought about what his assignment could be.
Jonas pondered at his desk what his assignment would be, since he was always helping out in different locations.