Jonas is not called up to receive his Assignment, and the Ceremony is about to end. The crowd is in a murmur of confusion. Why had the Elder completely ignored Jonas? Had they noticed their major mistake? No, Jonas thinks to himself, the Chief Elder could never make a mistake at the most important Ceremony of the Twelves. If Jonas was to be unspoken of, did the Elders notice his mistakes? Was Jonas going to be Released from the Society?
Suddenly, out of nowhere, Jonas is finally called up onto the stage. He totally forgets everything, and his mind goes blank. He forgets his self-assured walk that he had so heartily practiced at his dwelling. Instead, his walk was jaunty and jerky. The Chief Elder apologizes to her community. She apologizes for causing the whole Society unnecessary anxiety, and continues on with the Ceremony to announce what Jonas will be doing for the rest of his life.
"'Jonas has not been assigned,' she informed the crowd, and his heart sank. Then she went on. 'Jonas has been selected.' 'Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory'" (Lowry 75-76). Jonas is revealed to not have been assigned. Instead, he has been selected. His Selection is of Receiver of Memory. The crowd gasps, as the job is on of the most rare. Only one person can have that job at a time, and for a long while at that.
Despite the sudden shock of the crowd, the Chief Elder continues to talk about Jonas, as she did so for the rest of the Twelves. She tells the crowd how Jonas was when he was little, but choose not to tell of his childhood completely. What did Jonas do that could not be spoken of when he was a child? Jonas ponders the fact that the Elder, and even his own parents, had not told him this news, which could be a potential sign of an important past event.
When Jonas looks back at the crowd, it suddenly changes. The same thing had happened years ago with one special apple in particular. When he blinked, Jonas had revealed a sign of something that may be coming up in the novel as it is further read. The fact that the apple was mentioned again in Chapter 8 may have been a foreshadowing of something that could happen. Because of this, readers will feel the need to read on to know what happens next.
"...at the same time he was filled with fear. He did not know what his selection meant. He did not know what he was to become. Or what would become of him" (Lowry 81). The Ceremony comes to an end, and it is the final one of not only the entire year, but also Jonas's entire life. Jonas does not know what is to come for him, or what he will become. His mind is of the mixed emotions of fear, astonishment, shock, and even just pure curiosity.