I know that you are all concerned. That you feel I have made a mistake
Jonas, I apologize to you in particular. I caused you anguish. Please come to the stage now
Jonas has not been assigned.
Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory.
Chief Elder: Our community has only one Receiver, It is he who trains his successor. We have had our current Receiver for a very long time.
We failed in our last selection. It was ten years ago, when Jonas was just a toddler. I will not dwell on the experience because it causes us all terrible discomfort.
The Chief Elder had just finished giving all of the new Twelves their assignments. However, Jonas was skipped, and everyone had felt that the Chief Elder had made a mistake.
Jonas has shown all of the qualities that a Receiver must have. Intelligence. We are all aware that Jonas has been a top student throughout his school days. Integrity. Jonas has, like all of us, committed minor transgressions. Courage. Only one of us here today has ever undergone the rigerous training required of a Receiver. The fourth essential attribute is wisdom. Jonas has not yet acquired that. The acquisition of wisdom will come through his training.
But the Chief Elder did not make a mistake. Instead, Jonas was called up last to be honored with the role of Reciever of Memory
The crowd...they changed!
The previous Reciever of Memory is called out from the crowd. He describes what happened with the last selection.
JONAS! JONAS! JONAS!
Jonas, you will be trained to be our next Reciever of Memory. We thank you for your childhood.
Finally, the Reciever must have one more quality, and it is one which I can only name, but not describe. I do not understand it either. Perhaps Jonas will, because the current Reciever has told us that Jonas already has this quality. He calls it the Capacity to See Beyond
The Chief Elder describes all the requirements Jonas has met to become Reciever of Memory. The last requirement is something quite confusing.
Right after the Chief Elder described what the Capacity to See Beyond was, Jonas saw something change again. Just like the apple, the crowd changed.
When he looked out across the crowd, the sea of faces, the thing happened again. The thing that had happened with the apple. They changed.
The crowd starts to cheer and chant Jonas's name. The Chief Elder finally proclaims Jonas as the new Reciever of Memory.