"I have caused you anxiety [...] I apologize to my community" (Lowry 59).
"We accept you apology" (Lowry 59).
"Please come to the stage now" (Lowry 60).
In chapter seven, the Chief Elder skips over eighteen which is Jonas' number. This gives Jonas and the community quite a fright.
Once the Chief Elder finishes with twenty, she apologizes to the community and calls Jonas onto the stage. She informs the people that Jonas has been selected, not assigned to the Reciever of Memory.
The Chief Elder calls Jonas up to the stage and starts to explain their selection. She states how they failed on their last choice and how it is imperative that they made the correct choice.
"JONAS. JONAS. JONAS
The Chief Elder explains the qualities of a Receiver of Memory. She explains that Jonas has three of the four qualities,intelligence, integrity, and courage. However, he lacks wisdom, which he can acquire over his training.
The Chief Elder tells the community about a quality that the current Receiver can only describe, the Capacity to See Beyond. Jonas has this quality but only he knows this. As he see the same effect that happen on the apple in the audience, he realizes he has the final quality.
After the Chief Elder thanks Jonas for his childhood, the community slowly starts to chant his name. This showed that the community accepts his new role, giving him life like they gave to the new Caleb.