In this scene, it is the Ceremony of Twelves and as the ceremony is happening the crowd has realized that the Chief Elder has skipped a number. 19, Jonas's number. Everyone is confused and worried that the Chief Elder made a mistake. In the text it states, "But she had skipped him. He saw the others in his group glance at him" (Lowry 73).
She skipped me
Up next... Twenty, please come to the stage.
In this next scene, after the Chief Elder is done calling all the numbers, she know addresses the fact why she skipped Jonas. "I have caused you anxiety," I apologize to my community" (Lowry 75). Everyone is relieved that she didn't make a mistake on accident.
I know I skipped Jonas, but it was for a reason. Please accept my apology.
"We accept your apology"
Before all of this even happened Jonas pictured the way he was going to walk on stage, but that was forgotten in his mind. He started to walk unsteadily in an embarrassing way. In the book it states, "Earlier that day (..) he had practiced (..) all of that was forgotten now" (Lowry 75). Jonas's mind went blank when that happened,
Jonas please come to the stage.
What if I get a bad assignment. Did I did something wrong?
In this scene, The Chief Elder announces that he has not been assigned an assignment because he was selected. The author states "Jonas has not been assigned(..) Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory" (Lowry 75-76). Everyone was shocked when they heard that because there was only one Receiver of Memory at that time.
Jonas has not been assigned an assignment. He has been selected as the next receiver of memory.
Receiver of Memory? What's that?
The Chief Elder explains that Jonas has the exact qualities to be the next receiver according to the previous receiver. Receiver of Memory is an important job. They failed in their last selection so hopefully Jonas doesn't mess up either. The book states "Such a selection is very, very rare (...) We failed in our last selection the Chief Elder said solemnly" (Lowry 76).
I am the current Receiver of Memory
Receiver of Memory is very important. We have only one receiver in the community, and it is time to find a new one.
In the last scene, it is time to close out the ceremony and announce Jonas as their new Receiver of Memory. She finally explains that it will be a tough process mentally and physically. The crowd cheered him on as he left. " Jonas. It was a whisper at first (...) Then louder, faster. "JONAS. JONAS. JONAS" (Lowry 81). Jonas will now embark on a difficult journey.
Everyone give it up for Jonas our next Receiver of Memory.