"Jonas has not been assigned, she informed the crowd, and his heart sank. Then she went on. Jonas has been selected."(Lowry 75).
Selected? I've been selected?
What's going on?
"Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory"(Lowry 77).
I don't understand.
- gasp-.... wow....
Jonas, you will be alone... apart.
Alone? Apart? What about my friends and my family? Will I ever see them again?
Jonas was skipped over at the ceremony of Twelve. Everyone was confused and shocked. Jonas was upset, lost, and felt alone. Chief Elder then explains that Jonas has not been assigned, but selected.
"You will feel physical pain. Yes you have scrapped your knees, but this is much worse."
Pain? Why pain?
Pain? what is she talking about?
Jonas was called up to the stage and he was embarrassed. Chief Elder then told him and the audience that Jonas has been selected to be the new Receiver of Memory, which is the most important job. Jonas was very confused and the crowd was in awe.
Sometimes I see something, and maybe it's beyond.
Jonas learns that when he becomes the new Reciver of Memory, he will be alone and apart from his friends and his family. He is scared and unaware of what he will do.
1.) Go immediantly at the end of school hours each day to the Annex entrance behind the House of the Old and present yourself to the attendant. 2.) Go immediantly to your dwelling at the conclusion of Training Hours each day. 3.) From this moment on you can ask rude questions. 4.) Do not discuss your training with anyone. 5.) You are phrohibited from dream-telling 6.)Do not apply for medication for injury or illness unrelated to your training. 7.)You are not permitted to apply for release. 8.) You may lie.
Why so many rules? I can lie?!
Jonas learns something terrible. Not only will he be apart and alone, he will feel pain. Physical Pain. Cheif elder says that this pain is undescribable, so Jonas gets even more worried then he already was.
After Chief Elder explains to Jonas that he has the Capacity to See Beyond, Jonas is shocked. he wants to beg them to select someone else, but instead he says sometimes he sees something, and maybe it's beyond.
Jonas rides home from the ceremony with Asher, and notices that people are hesitant to respond to him. Jonas gets home and opens the envelope he received from the ceremony. There are many rules and Jonas is not sure that he can handle them.