The same sledge experience thrilled Jonas a few days ago now makes him feel terrified because of his inability to be able to control the sledge
Sideways, spinning, the sled hit a bump in the hill and Jonas was jarred loose and thrown violently into the air. He fell with his leg twisted under him, and could hear the crack of bone. His face scraped along jagged edges of ice and when he came, at last, to a stop, he lay shocked and still, feeling nothing at first but fear
As if a hatchet lay lodged in his leg, slicing through each nerve with a hot blade. In his agony he perceived the word "fire" and felt flames licking at the torn bone and flesh.He tried to move, and could not. Sobbing, he turned his head and vomited onto the frozen snow.Blood dripped from his face into the vomit. That is when Jonas learns the relationship between joy and pain, one cannot exist without the other.