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LOWRY-The-Giver

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wwwintexbloggercomNOTFORSALEThisPDFFilewascreatedforeducational,scholarly,andInternetarchivaluseONLYfromthistextoritsdistributionWithutmostrespectandcourtesytotheauthor,NOmoneyorprofitwilleverbemadeformoreebooks,visitwwwintexbloggercomTheGiverLoisLowryHoughtonMifflinCompanyBostonForallthechildrenTowhomweentrustthefutureTheGiverItwasalmostDecember,andJonaswasbeginningtobefrightenedNoWrongword,JonasthoughtFrightenedmeantthatdeep,sickeningfeelingofsomethingterribleabouttohappenFrightenedwasthewayhehadfeltayearagowhenanunidentifiedaircrafthadoverflownthecommunitytwiceHehadseenitbothtimesSquintingtowardthesky,hehadseenthesleekjet,almostabluratitshighspeed,gopast,andasecondlaterheardtheblastofsoundthatfollowedThenonemoretime,amomentlater,fromtheoppositedirection,thesameplaneAtfirst,hehadbeenonlyfascinatedHehadneverseenaircraftsoclose,foritwasagainsttherulesforPilotstoflyoverthecommunityOccasionally,whensuppliesweredeliveredbycargoplanestothelandingfieldacrosstheriver,thechildrenrodetheirbicyclestotheriverbankandwatched,intrigued,theunloadingandthenthetakeoffdirectedtothewest,alwaysawayfromthecommunityButtheaircraftayearagohadbeendifferentItwasnotasquat,fatbelliedcargoplanebutaneedlenosedsinglepilotjetJonas,lookingaroundanxiously,hadseenothersadultsaswellaschildrenstopwhattheyweredoingandwait,confused,foranexplanationofthefrighteningeventThenallofthecitizenshadbeenorderedtogointothenearestbuildingandstaythereIMMEDIATELY,theraspingvoicethroughthespeakershadsaidLEAVEYOURBICYCLESWHERETHEYAREInstantly,obediently,Jonashaddroppedhisbikeonitssideonthepathbehindhisfamily’sdwellingHehadrunindoorsandstayedthere,aloneHisparentswerebothatwork,andhislittlesister,Lily,wasattheChildcareCenterwhereshespentherafterschoolhoursLookingthroughthefrontwindow,hehadseennopeople:noneofthebusyafternooncrewofStreetCleaners,LandscapeWorkers,andFoodDeliverypeoplewhousuallypopulatedthecommunityatthattimeofdayHesawonlytheabandonedbikeshereandthereontheirsidesanupturnedwheelononewasstillrevolvingslowlyHehadbeenfrightenedthenThesenseofhisowncommunitysilent,waiting,hadmadehisstomachchurnHehadtrembledButithadbeennothingWithinminutesthespeakershadcrackledagain,andthevoice,reassuringnowandlessurgent,hadexplainedthataPilotinTraininghadmisreadhisnavigationalinstructionsandmadeawrongturnDesperatelythePilothadbeentryingtomakehiswaybackbeforehiserrorwasnoticedNEEDLESSTOSAY,HEWILLBERELEASED,thevoicehadsaid,followedbysilenceTherewasanironictonetothatfinalmessage,asiftheSpeakerfounditamusingandJonashadsmiledalittle,thoughheknewwhatagrimstatementithadbeenForacontributingcitizentobereleasedfromthecommunitywasafinaldecision,aterriblepunishment,anoverwhelmingstatementoffailureEventhechildrenwerescoldediftheyusedthetermlightlyatplay,jeeringatateammatewhomissedacatchorstumbledinaraceJonashaddoneitonce,hadshoutedathisbestfriend,“That’sit,Asher!You’rereleased!”whenAsher’sclumsyerrorhadlostamatchforhisteamHehadbeentakenasideforabriefandserioustalkbythecoach,hadhunghisheadwithguiltandembarrassment,andapologizedtoAsherafterthegameNow,thinkingaboutthefeelingoffearashepedaledhomealongtheriverpath,herememberedthatmomentofpalpable,stomachsinkingterrorwhentheaircrafthadstreakedaboveItwasnotwhathewasfeelingnowwithDecemberapproachingHesearchedfortherightwordtodescribehisownfeelingJonaswascarefulaboutlanguageNotlikehisfriend,Asher,whotalkedtoofastandmixedthingsup,scramblingwordsandphrasesuntiltheywerebarelyrecognizableandoftenveryfunnyJonasgrinned,rememberingthemorningthatAsherhaddashedintotheclassroom,lateasusual,arrivingbreathlesslyinthemiddleofthechantingofthemorninganthemWhentheclasstooktheirseatsattheconclusionofthepatriotichymn,Asherremainedstandingtomakehispublicapologyaswasrequired“Iapologizeforinconveniencingmylearningcommunity”Asherranthroughthestandardapologyphraserapidly,stillcatchinghisbreathTheInstructorandclasswaitedpatientlyforhisexplanationThestudentshadallbeengrinning,becausetheyhadlistenedtoAsher’sexplanationssomanytimesbefore“IlefthomeatthecorrecttimebutwhenIwasridingalongnearthehatchery,thecrewwasseparatingsomesalmonIguessIjustgotdistraught,watchingthem“Iapologizetomyclassmates,”AsherconcludedHesmoothedhisrumpledtunicandsatdown“Weacceptyourapology,Asher”TheclassrecitedthestandardresponseinunisonManyofthestudentswerebitingtheirlipstokeepfromlaughing“Iacceptyourapology,Asher,”theInstructorsaidHewassmiling“AndIthankyou,becauseonceagainyouhaveprovidedanopportunityforalessoninlanguage‘Distraught’istoostronganadjectivetodescribesalmonviewing”Heturnedandwrote“distraught”ontheinstructionalboardBesideithewrote“distracted”Jonas,nearinghishomenow,smiledattherecollectionThinking,still,ashewheeledhisbikeintoitsnarrowportbesidethedoor,herealizedthatfrightenedwasthewrongwordtodescribehisfeelings,nowthatDecemberwasalmosthereItwastoostronganadjectiveHehadwaitedalongtimeforthisspecialDecemberNowthatitwasalmostuponhim,hewasn’tfrightened,buthewaseager,hedecidedHewaseagerforittocomeAndhewasexcited,certainlyAlloftheElevenswereexcitedabouttheeventthatwouldbecomingsosoonButtherewasalittleshudderofnervousnesswhenhethoughtaboutit,aboutwhatmighthappenApprehensive,JonasdecidedThat’swhatIam“Whowantstobethefirsttonight,forfeelings”Jonas’sfatherasked,attheconclusionoftheireveningmealItwasoneoftherituals,theeveningtellingoffeelingsSometimesJonasandhissister,Lily,arguedoverturns,overwhowouldgettogofirstTheirparents,ofcourse,werepartoftheritualthey,too,toldtheirfeelingseacheveningButlikeallparentsalladultstheydidn’tfightandwheedlefortheirturnNordidJonas,tonightHisfeelingsweretoocomplicatedthiseveningHewantedtosharethem,buthewasn’teagertobegintheprocessofsiftingthroughhisowncomplicatedemotions,evenwiththehelpthatheknewhisparentscouldgive“Yougo,Lily,”hesaid,seeinghissister,whowasmuchyoungeronlyaSevenwigglingwithimpatienceinherchair“Ifeltveryangrythisafternoon,”Lilyannounced“MyChildcaregroupwasattheplayarea,andwehadavisitinggroupofSevens,andtheydidn’tobeytherulesatallOneofthemamaleIdon’tknowhisnamekeptgoingrighttothefrontofthelinefortheslide,eventhoughtherestofuswereallwaitingIfeltsoangryathimImademyhandintoafist,likethis”Sheheldupaclenchedfistandtherestofthefamilysmiledathersmalldefiantgesture“Whydoyouthinkthevisitorsdidn’tobeytherules”MotheraskedLilyconsidered,andshookherhead“Idon’tknowTheyactedlikelike”“Animals”JonassuggestedHelaughed“That’sright,”Lilysaid,laughingtoo“Likeanimals”Neitherchildknewwhatthewordmeant,exactly,butitwasoftenusedtodescribesomeoneuneducatedorclumsy,someonewhodidn’tfitin“Wherewerethevisitorsfrom”FatheraskedLilyfrowned,tryingtoremember“Ourleadertoldus,whenhemadethewelcomespeech,butIcan’trememberIguessIwasn’tpayingattentionItwasfromanothercommunityTheyhadtoleaveveryearly,andtheyhadtheirmiddaymealonthebus”Mothernodded“Doyouthinkit’spossiblethattheirrulesmaybedifferentAndsotheysimplydidn’tknowwhatyourplayarearuleswere”Lilyshrugged,andnodded“Isuppose”“You’vevisitedothercommunities,haven’tyou”Jonasasked“Mygrouphas,often”Lilynoddedagain“WhenwewereSixes,wewentandsharedawholeschooldaywithagroupofSixesintheircommunity”“Howdidyoufeelwhenyouwerethere”Lilyfrowned“IfeltstrangeBecausetheirmethodsweredifferentTheywerelearningusagesthatmygrouphadn’tlearnedyet,sowefeltstupid”Fatherwaslisteningwithinterest“I’mthinking,Lily,”hesaid,“abouttheboywhodidn’tobeytherulestodayDoyouthinkit’spossiblethathefeltstrangeandstupid,beinginanewplacewithrulesthathedidn’tknowabout”Lilyponderedthat“Yes,”shesaid,finally“Ifeelalittlesorryforhim,”Jonassaid,“eventhoughIdon’tevenknowhimIfeelsorryforanyonewhoisinaplacewherehefeelsstrangeandstupid”“Howdoyoufeelnow,Lily”Fatherasked“Stillangry”“Iguessnot,”Lilydecided“IguessIfeelalittlesorryforhimAndsorryImadeafist”ShegrinnedJonassmiledbackathissisterLily’sfeelingswerealwaysstraightforward,fairlysimple,usuallyeasytoresolveHeguessedthathisownhadbeen,too,whenhewasaSevenHelistenedpolitely,thoughnotveryattentively,whilehisfathertookhisturn,describingafeelingofworrythathe’dhadthatdayatwork:aconcernaboutoneofthenewchildrenwhowasn’tdoingwellJonas’sfather’stitlewasNurturerHeandtheotherNurturerswereresponsibleforallthephysicalandemotionalneedsofeverynewchildduringitsearliestlifeItwasaveryimportantjob,Jonasknew,butitwasn’tonethatinterestedhimmuch“Whatgenderisit”Lilyasked“Male,”Fathersaid“He’sasweetlittlemalewithalovelydispositionButheisn’tgrowingasfastasheshould,andhedoesn’tsleepsoundlyWehavehimintheextracaresectionforsupplementarynurturing,butthecommittee’sbeginningtotalkaboutreleasinghim”“Oh,no,”Mothermurmuredsympathetically“Iknowhowsadthatmustmakeyoufeel”JonasandLilybothnoddedsympatheticallyaswellReleaseofnewchildrenwasalwayssad,becausetheyhadn’thadachancetoenjoylifewithinthecommunityyetAndtheyhadn’tdoneanythingwrongTherewereonlytwooccasionsofreleasewhichwerenotpunishmentReleaseoftheelderly,whichwasatimeofcelebrationforalifewellandfullylivedandreleaseofanewchild,whichalwaysbroughtasenseofwhatcouldwehavedoneThiswasespeciallytroublingfortheNurturers,likeFather,whofelttheyhadfailedsomehowButithappenedveryrarely“Well,”Fathersaid,“I’mgoingtokeeptryingImayaskthecommitteeforpermissiontobringhimhereatnight,ifyoudon’tmindYouknowwhatthenightcrewNurturersarelikeIthinkthislittleguyneedssomethingextra”“Ofcourse,”Mothersaid,andJonasandLilynoddedTheyhadheardFathercomplainaboutthenightcrewbeforeItwasalesserjob,nightcrewnurturing,assignedtothosewholackedtheinterestorskillsorinsightforthemorevitaljobsofthedaytimehoursMostofthepeopleonthenightcrewhadnotevenbeengivenspousesbecausetheylacked,somehow,theessentialcapacitytoconnecttoothers,whichwasrequiredforthecreationofafamilyunit“Maybewecouldevenkeephim,”Lilysuggestedsweetly,tryingtolookinnocentThelookwasfake,Jonasknewtheyallknew“Lily,”Motherremindedher,smiling,“youknowtherules”Twochildrenonemale,onefemaletoeachfamilyunitItwaswrittenveryclearlyintherulesLilygiggled“Well,”shesaid,“Ithoughtmaybejustthisonce”Next,Mother,whoheldaprominentpositionattheDepartmentofJustice,talkedaboutherfeelingsTodayarepeatoffenderhadbeenbroughtbeforeher,someonewhohadbrokentherulesbeforeSomeonewhoshehopedhadbeenadequatelyandfairlypunished,andwhohadbeenrestoredtohisplace:tohisjob,hishome,hisfamilyunitToseehimbroughtbeforeherasecondtimecausedheroverwhelmingfeelingsoffrustrationandangerAndevenguilt,thatshehadn’tmadeadifferenceinhislife“Ifeelfrightened,too,forhim,”sheconfessed“Youknowthatthere’snothirdchanceTherulessaythatifthere’sathirdtransgression,hesimplyhastobereleased”JonasshiveredHeknewithappenedTherewasevenaboyinhisgroupofElevenswhosefatherhadbeenreleasedyearsbeforeNooneevermentioneditthedisgracewasunspeakableItwashardtoimagineLilystoodupandwenttohermotherShestrokedhermother’sarmFromhisplaceatthetable,FatherreachedoverandtookherhandJonasreachedfortheotherOnebyone,theycomfortedherSoonshesmiled,thankedthem,andmurmuredthatshefeltsoothedTheritualcontinued“Jonas”Fatherasked“You’relast,tonight”JonassighedThiseveninghealmostwouldhavepreferredtokeephisfeelingshiddenButitwas,ofcourse,againsttherules“I’mfeelingapprehensive,”heconfessed,gladthattheappropriatedescriptivewordhadfinallycometohim“Whyisthat,son”Hisfatherlookedconcerned“Iknowthere’sreallynothingtoworryabout,”Jonasexplained,“andthateveryadulthasbeenthroughitIknowyouhave,Father,andyoutoo,MotherButit’stheCeremonythatI’mapprehensiveaboutIt’salmostDecember”Lilylookedup,hereyeswide“TheCeremonyofTwelve,”shewhisperedinanawedvoiceEventhesmallestchildrenLily’sageandyoungerknewthatitlayinthefutureforeachofthem“I’mgladyoutoldusofyourfeelings,”Fathersaid“Lily,”Mothersaid,beckoningtothelittlegirl,“GoonnowandgetintoyournightclothesFatherandIaregoingtostayhereandtalktoJonasforawhile”Lilysighed,butobedientlyshegotdownfromherchair“Privately”sheaskedMothernodded“Yes,”shesaid,“thistalkwillbeaprivateonewithJonas”JonaswatchedashisfatherpouredafreshcupofcoffeeHewaited“Youknow,”hisfatherfinallysaid,“everyDecemberwasexcitingtomewhenIwasyoungAndithasbeenforyouandLily,too,I’msureEachDecemberbringssuchchanges”JonasnoddedHecouldremembertheDecembersbacktowhenhehadbecome,well,probablyaFourTheearlieroneswerelosttohimButheobservedthemeachyear,andherememberedLily’searliestDecembersHerememberedwhenhisfamilyreceivedLily,thedayshewasnamed,thedaythatshehadbecomeaOneTheCeremonyfortheOneswasalwaysnoisyandfunEachDecember,allthenewchildrenborninthepreviousyearturnedOneOneatatimetherewerealwaysfiftyineachyear’sgroup,ifnonehadbeenreleasedtheyhadbeenbroughttothestagebytheNurturerswhohadcaredforthemsincebirthSomewerealreadywalking,wobblyontheirunsteadylegsotherswerenomorethanafewdaysold,wrappedinblankets,heldbytheirNurturers“IenjoytheNaming,”JonassaidHismotheragreed,smiling“TheyearwegotLily,weknew,ofcourse,thatwe’dreceiveourfemale,becausewe’dmadeourapplicationandbeenapprovedButI’dbeenwonderingandwonderingwhathernamewouldbe“Icouldhavesneakedalookatthelistpriortotheceremony,”Fatherconfided“Thecommitteealwaysmakesthelistinadvance,andit’srightthereintheofficeattheNurturingCenter“Asamatteroffact,”hewenton,“IfeelalittleguiltyaboutthisButIdidgointhisafternoonandlookedtoseeifthisyear’sNaminglisthadbeenmadeyetItwasrightthereintheoffice,andIlookedupnumberThirtysixthat’sthelittleguyI’vebeenconcernedaboutbecauseitoccurredtomethatitmightenhancehisnurturingifIcouldcallhimbyanameJustprivately,ofcourse,whennooneelseisaround”“Didyoufindit”JonasaskedHewasfascinatedItdidn’tseematerriblyimportantrule,butthefactthathisfatherhadbrokenaruleatallawedhimHeglancedathismother,theoneresponsibleforadherencetotherules,andwasrelievedthatshewassmilingHisfathernodded“HisnameifhemakesittotheNamingwithoutbeingreleased,ofcourseistobeGabrielSoIwhisperthattohimwhenIfeedhimeveryfourhours,andduringexerciseandplaytimeIfnoonecanhearme“IcallhimGabe,actually,”hesaid,andgrinned“Gabe”JonastrieditoutAgoodname,hedecidedThoughJonashadonlybecomeaFivetheyearthattheyacquiredLilyandlearnedhername,herememberedtheexcitement,theconversationsathome,wonderingabouther:howshewouldlook,whoshewouldbe,howshewouldfitintotheirestablishedfamilyunitHerememberedclimbingthestepstothestagewithhisparents,hisfatherbyhissidethatyearinsteadofwiththeNurturers,sinceitwastheyearthathewouldbegivenanewchildofhisownHerememberedhismothertakingthenewchild,hissister,intoherarms,whilethedocumentwasreadtotheassembledfamilyunits“NewchildTwentythree,”theNamerhadread“Lily”Herememberedhisfather’slookofdelight,andthathisfatherhadwhispered,“She’soneofmyfavoritesIwashopingforhertobetheone”Thecrowdhadclapped,andJonashadgrinnedHelikedhissister’snameLily,barelyawake,hadwavedhersmallfistThentheyhadsteppeddowntomakeroomforthenextfamilyunit“WhenIwasanEleven,”hisfathersaidnow,“asyouare,Jonas,Iwasveryimpatient,waitingfortheCeremonyofTwelveIt’salongtwodaysIrememberthatIenjoyedtheOnes,asIalwaysdo,butthatIdidn’tpaymuchattentiontotheotherceremonies,exceptformysister’sShebecameaNinethatyear,andgotherbicycleI’dbeenteachinghertoridemine,eventhoughtechnicallyIwasn’tsupposedto”JonaslaughedItwasoneofthefewrulesthatwasnottakenveryseriouslyandwasalmostalwaysbrokenThechildrenallreceivedtheirbicyclesatNinetheywerenotallowedtoridebicyclesbeforethenButalmostalways,theolderbrothersandsistershadsecretlytaughttheyoungeronesJonashadbeenthinkingalreadyaboutteachingLilyTherewastalkaboutchangingtheruleandgivingthebicyclesatanearlierageAcommitteewasstudyingtheideaWhensomethingwenttoacommitteeforstudy,thepeoplealwaysjokedaboutitTheysaidthatthecommitteememberswouldbecomeEldersbythetimetherulechangewasmadeRuleswereveryhardtochangeSometimes,ifitwasaveryimportantruleunliketheonegoverningtheageforbicyclesitwouldhavetogo,eventually,toTheReceiverforadecisionTheReceiverwasthemostimportantElderJonashadneverevenseenhim,thatheknewofsomeoneinaposition

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