Jonas has not been assigned. Jonas has been selected . Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory.
But the Receiver-in-training cannot be observed, cannot be modified. That is stated quite cleary the rules. He is to be alone, apart, while he is prepared by the current Receiver for the job which is the most honored in our community.
But you will be faced, now. With a pain of a magnitude that none of us here can comprenhend because it is beyond our experience. The Receiver himself was not able to describe it, only to remind us that you would be faced with it, that you would need inmense courage. We cannot prepare you for that.
In this first scene of chapter 8, The chief elder is explaining why he skipped Jonas when she was calling for giving the assigments. Because Jonas's assigments was different than the others. He was going to be the new receiver of memory.
I think it's true. I don't know it yet. I don't know what it is. But sometimes I see something. And maybe it's beyond.
He don't believe that he have this qualities that the Chief elder describe, he believe that he can't do this assigment, that the commitee need to select again, that they made a bad choise in choose him like the new receiver of memory. But when he was going to refuse, the thing that happened with apple happen again. The people change. And he confess that sometime he see something, and maybe that can be the hability to see beyond.