Jonas, I am deeply sorry. Please come up to the stage now.
It's okay, Chief Elder.
"'Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory'" (Lowry 76).
WHAT IS THAT?!
After Chief Elder skips Jonas, the crowd is very confused as to why Chief Elder skipped Jonas. After the Ceremony of Twelves is finished, she addresses the mistake.
Chief Elder apologizes to Jonas for skipping him. She clearly says, "'I apologize to you in particular''' (Lowry 75). Jonas accepts the apology. Chief Elder then calls him to the stage.
WHAT?! NO!! I DON'T WANT THIS JOB!! I CAN'T!!
"'He has shown all of the qualities that a Receiver must have'" (Lowry 78).
Chief Elder gives the exciting news that Jonas has been selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. Jonas is confused and scared because he does not know what that is.
The whole crowd is surprised and their mouths are in big O's. Jonas is still confused and looks upon the crowd, who looks shocked.
Chief Elder goes on and explains why Jonas has earned the rare job of the Receiver. She explains all the traits you need to have in order to be the Receiver of Memory. Jonas is scared and doesn't want to do this job.
Jonas then sees the crowd change, just like the apple in mid-air. Chief Elder leaves the stage, leaving Jonas. The audience starts to chant his name to honor him and his important job.