Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chapter 18 - The Fail of the Selection - Part 2

In chapter 18, we get to know the last information about the fail of the previous selection.

The Giver said, after Jonas said, that he’s thinking about his release, that the committee hammered out the rule after the failure ten years ago.
The Giver said that she was a female, how we already know, and that “she was a remarkable young woman. Very self-possessed and serene. Intelligent, eager to learn” (p. 108 l. 33). 

Her name was ‘Rosemary’. The first day, when she came to the Giver, she felt the same like Jonas’: She was excited and a little scared. The Giver mentions her eyes, which were very luminous. 

Then the Giver asked Jonas for the memory of the family with the grandparents and especially for the feeling 'Love'. Finally the Giver said that he loved her and that he liked her laughter, but it had broken his heart, because he had to transfer pain to her.
The training was the same like Jonas’: At first painful memories and in the end a happy one, but Rosemary was like Jonas, she wanted to experience everything and asked the Giver for more difficult memories. 

The Giver transmitted her loneliness, loss, a memory of a child taken from its parents. Finally she was shocked and everything had changed since she knew about pain. The Giver could see it in her eyes, but he didn’t give her physical pain, but he gave her anguish of many kinds like poverty, hunger and terror. 

After five weeks being a Receiver, it was the last session for her. The Giver said it had been a hard one. The times of laughter were gone by then. “She stood up very silently, frowning, as if she were making a decision. Then she came over to him and put her arms around him. She kissed is cheek.” (p.110 ll. 28-31)

She left the room and did not go back to her dwelling. She had gone directly to the Chief Elder and asked for release, which she could apply for, because this rule hadn’t been in the instructions of a Receiver there.

1 comment:

  1. Sophie,

    You're right to focus on the story of the earlier Receiver. The story of Rosemary is an essential one to Jonas' story, as we get to know very soon after Jonas' selection that he can't apply for release as the community needs a Receiver. Even though Rosemary's release seems an old story, it is still relevant to Jonas as he as an additional rule. Well done.