She skipped me! Did she make a mistake? No, the Chief Elder doesn't make mistakes.
"I have caused you anxiety [...] I apologize to my community" (Lowry 59).
Jonas, please come up to the stage now.
"Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory" (Lowry 60)
What is that?
The Chief Elder had just finished telling Eighteen, Fiona, her assignment. Jonas was number nineteen so he prepared himself to walk to the stage. However, the next number called was twenty. Jonas' number had been skipped and the ceremony continued like nothing unusual had happened.
To be the Receiver of Memory you must have intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and the capacity to see beyond.
No. I don't have that. I can't do this.
After the Chief Elder finished giving all of the other twelves their assignments she acknowledged the discomfort in the audience for skipping Jonas. She apologizes for worrying and concerning the audience. She assures them that she didn't make a mistake and Jonas has a job separate from the others.
Jonas you will train alone and apart from everyone else by the current Receiver of Memory. And the training involves physical pain.
Alone? Apart? Physical Pain?
The Chief Elder explains that Jonas was not assigned, he was selected. She told Jonas that he had been selected to be the the next Receiver of Memory. She explains to them that it is a very rare selection because there is only one receiver.
"Jonas, we thank you for your childhood" (64).
What does this selection mean? What will become of me? I don't think I can do this.
The Chief Elder explains to Jonas and the rest of the community why he has been selected and what you need to have to be selected. She tells the community how he must have intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and the capacity to see beyond.
The Chief Elder explained how Jonas would train. "He is to be alone, apart, while he is prepared by the current Receiver for the job which is most honored in our community" (Lowry 61). She also explains how his training will require physical pain.
The Chief Elder finished explains Jonas' future as the Receiver of Memory and thanks him for his childhood like she did for all of the other twelves. Jonas is worried that this is not the right job for him and that he won't be able to do it.