"I know," she said in her vibrant, gracious voice, "that you are all concerned. That you feel I have made a mistake." (Lowry 75).
"Jonas has not been assigned. He has been selected. Jonas has been selected to be our next receiver of memories." (Lowry 76).
The whole audience was ill at ease. Jonas was stuck and confused of why his name was never called, while everyone else's named was called up.
The Elders meticulously chose Jonas over a long period of time. The decison they made this time was the right one.
The Chief reassured the crowd that she did not make a mistake, and how there was a reason for why she made the crowd question her. Then she called Jonas's name so he could be assigned.
He's had courage, strength, wisdom, and the ability to see beyond. With this being said, you will need courage. Lots of courage in order to prepare yourself for the things you will experience, that no one else would be able to imagine.
I'm not ready for this!
The Chief Elder informed Jonas that he was not assigned, but he was chosen to be the new receiver of memory. This put Jonas and the whole crowd into shock.
The crowd.... it changed again!
Jonas... Jonas.... Jonas.. Jonas! Jonas! JONAS! JONAS
As Jonas was thinking about how he was chosen, the Chief Elder told the crowd how everyone was to be assigned the proper role that would best suit them. For Jonas, he was chosen by the Elders after a long time of studying and making sure it was just right.
The Chief Elder listed all the aspects required to become the new Receiver of Memory, and how Jonas had passed all of them. She then informed Jonas of the rigorous training he would face, and how no one would describe the pain that no one else would be able to experience.
At first Jonas felt hesitant, and had thought of how the Elders made the wrong decision and it shouldn't be him. Then, the crowd changed, and Jonas realized the aspect of seeing beyond coming in. Soon after the Chief Elder finished, the crowd started to chant his name louder and louder, making Jonas feel better about himself, but still, left clueless.