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The way that Father had spent a lot of time with the newchildren did help the committee decide that he should be a Nurturer. Jonas was aware that he and the other Elevens had been observed this year by members of the committee. The committee members had then met to discuss what would be the job for each Eleven.
Jonasís thoughts turn to Asher, his best friend, and what Assignment Asher might receive. Father reminds Jonas that after the Ceremony of Twelve his group of friends will likely change. He will be with the other Twelves chosen for the same job much of the time in the future.
The conversation ends when Lily comes back into the room wanting her comfort object. Mother reminds her that when she turns eight at the December ceremony she will give up her comfort object. Comfort objects are supposedly imaginary animals, like elephants and bears.
The community tries to shelter children from things that might upset them. We see this in the use of words for unpleasantness that obscure the real meanings. And, we see this when Mother and Father ask Lily to leave the room before discussing Jonasís apprehensions about the Ceremony of Twelve with him.
We are told that, while the community rarely breaks rules, many break the rule forbidding them to teach children to ride a bicycle before they are a Nine. Why is this? Could it be because they think that the rule will someday be removed by the committee studying it? Or, that it would have been removed already, if the committee were not so slow?
We see several examples of Fatherís willingness to break rules. We hear of how once, when he was young, he broke the rule forbidding him to teach his sister to ride a bike before she was a Nine. And, we hear that he looked at the Naming list to find out Gabrielís name before anyone was allowed to know his name. So far, Father seems like a really nice man.
Jonas remembers noticing the committee monitoring the Elevens. On the one hand that seems like a very intrusive thing to do. But, as with other snooping that members of the community do, this monitoring seems meant to bring about a good result.
It is somewhat astounding that the community members do not know that there were once real animals like elephants and bears. Why were these animals done away with in the past? Was it a safety issue? Was it because they seemed to contribute nothing to the community? Was it because they were thought to use up scarce resources?
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