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and his family share their feelings after the evening meal. Jonas explains
that he is apprehensive about the coming Ceremony ofTwelve when he will
be given hisAssignment.
day his fatherbrings home a "newchild", named Gabriel, who isn't doing
well in the Nurturing Center. Jonas notices that Gabe has the pale eyes
that he himself does - a rarity in the community.
at the dream-telling ritual, Jonas admits that he dreamed about wanting
to bathe his friend Fiona. His parents give him pills to control his Stirrings.
community Ceremony, newchildren are placed in families and each succeeding
age group is given something new-clothing, responsibilities, or possessions.
At the Ceremony of Twelve, each of Jonas's groupmates gets a lifetime Assignment
such as Birthmother, Fish Hatchery Attendant, Laborer, or Doctor. However,
the Chief Elder skips over Jonas' number; he is not called!
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is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory, the most honored position
in the community. He receives special-and unusual-instructions and begins
to feel apart from his contemporaries.
also curious about someone who was given this position 10 years earlier
and failed. Jonas begins training with the old Receiver who now becomes
The Giver. This man has books and memories to share with Jonas.
the training, Jonas learns to experience colors, history, animals, and
various feelings, things that he and the community have never known. He
learns that memories can be pleasurable or painful. He begins to understand
that the people have no choices.
his parents fret about Gabriel, who fails to sleep through the night. Jonas
suggests that Gabe sleep with him, and when the baby wakes at night, he
gives him pleasant memories to help him sleep.
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continues to receive memories and experiences from The Giver. He begins
to see that there is risk in feelings such as love.
taking the pills and feels Stirrings again.
his father mentions that a twin will be released, Jonas is curious. He
learns what this really means - death - from The Giver and is ripped apart.
He also learns about The Receiver before him who failed after just five
The Giver's daughter. After her death, the memories she had came back to
the people. Jonas and The Giver realize that if Jonas leaves the community,
he will leave behind a year's worth of memories. The Giver will stay to
help people deal with them, to help them become caring and human.
plan Jonas' escape. However, when Jonas learns that Gabriel has been scheduled
for release the next morning, he leaves that night, taking the baby with
him. They travel on bike by night, hiding from the search planes during
the day. The weather turns cold, they are hungry, and Jonas uses his memories
of warmth to save them as they flee toward Elsewhere.