Today we honor your differences. They have determined your futures.
18, 20, 21
You may have noticed I have left someone out, and I am sorry
We accept your apolige
At the second part of the ceremony, the new 11's go to the back which leaves only the old ones, which will soon be 12's. She gives the speech that all new 12's get at first. All the new yet to be 12's are squirming in their seats waiting to see what their assignment will be and if they will like it. Jonas was nervous because he didn't enjoy many things that everyone else did, he didn't like taking care of the old, or directing threes.
Jonas wasn't assigned but selected for a assignment of the highest prestige
As the chief elder starts to call out the numbers of the kids (the numbers represent what number in order they were born that year.) Jonas was number 19 which meant that he would get his assignment 19th. She went to number 4, or Asher Jonas's friend. He got assistant Director of Recreation. Then Fiona was called, she was 18, she got Caretaker of the old. Then she said number 20, she had skipped him.
Jonas has been selected to be the receiver of memory!
After everyone was called up to get their assignments, Jonas was the only one left on the stage. Jonas thought of why he had been skipped, did he do something wrong, did he not have enough volunteer hours? He couldn't thing of anything. Then the chief elder had announced that she had made a mistake and she apologized. They all excepted the apology because that was the right thing to do. She then called Jonas to the stage.
Jonas couldn't be observed at a young age because the receiver in training cannot be observed, the were no dreams of uncertainty about him being the receiver either.
As Jonas was on the stage the chief elder was talking about how Jonas wasn't just assigned but he had been selected. "Jonas has not been assigned... Jonas has been selected." (Lowry 75) Thsi shows that he had been selected for something that he didn't know. As soon as he heard that he had been selected his heart sank to his stomach. He thought to himself what could he have been selected for since all the assignments you needed to be assigned to.
She then started to speak again, but this time she said "Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory." (Lowry 76) Everyone was in awe. They all knew how important the job was. But Jonas didn't really know much about the job since he hadn't heard much about it besides the fact that he knew it was the most honored assignment in the community. He didn't know how to feel because he himself was in awe.
After all the commotion the chief elder then goes on to talk about how Jonas couldn't be observed since a potential receiver of memory couldn't be observed. She said that they didn't have any doubts that he shouldn't be the receiver and there were and dreams that could have jeopardized he chance at being receiver. She went on to explain all the quality's of being a potential receiver, Intelligence, Integrity, Courage, and the Capacity to See Beyond.