Jonas notices that he didn't get called up to receive his assignment. He is feeling many emotions, because of this. After all the assignments were given to his group, Jonas didn't feel as confident as he was in the start of the ceremony. Everybody in the audienced whispered in confusion, of why he didn't get called, when his number was 19, not even the last number.
Jonas is the right one for this training.
After all the murmurs in the audience, Jonas finally gets called to the stage. He walks the way he has been practicing at home, for the ceremony, except his legs feel different, clumsier. "Jonas has not been assigned, she informed the crowd, and his heart sank. Then she went on. Jonas has been selected" (Lowry 75). Jonas started to panic when the Chief announced this, he thought he had done something wrong, like not completing his volunteer hours correctly.
The pain of magnitude.
The Chief Elder breaks the news that he had gotten the most important job. The receiver of Memory. "He saw their faces; the eyes widened in awe. And still he did not understand" (Lowry 76). Jonas didn't understand why he was the chosen one to receive this job, he thought he didn't do anything special to have this place. The audience was also surprised that he got this job, in fact that the receiver never gets changed from one person to the next. It was truly an honor for Jonas to have such a job.
The power of seeing beyond.
Chief Elder explains to the crowd and Jonas that he was the right choice for this job, and that he would have to go through serious training in order to keep the job. She adds that Jonas would be able to handle the training well due to his intelligence, integrity, and courage. She continues by saying it also involves physical pain, which makes Jonas's heart feel fear.
The Chief Elder elaborates on the physical pain, by including that the physical pain, is the pain of magnitude. She says it an example of being brave, and having wisdom. Being able to think and do like others can't. She describes the other receiver, and how words can't even describe what it's like being one.
The Chief Elder knows Jonas has a special power. The power she calls, "Seeing Beyond," the power that puts him where he is now. This all comes back to when he was playing catch the apple with his friend Asher, and how he saw it change. Jonas then looked at the audience to see their reaction and saw the same thing that happen to the apple, happen to them. He then blinked and it was gone. Maybe Jonas actually does have the power to, "see beyond."