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The Receiver tells Jonas that what will happen is that he will transmit all his memories of the past to him. Jonas thinks that the Receiver will be telling him about his own childhood. The receiver corrects his impression. The memories that he will be passing to Jonas are memories of the whole world, back into the past. Jonas is confused. Jonas doesnít know that there are other people and other times. Jonas learns that the memories are important because they allow the Receivers to become wise and to help shape the future.
The first memory that the Receiver will give to Jonas is of going downhill fast on a sled through snow. Until now, Jonas has known nothing of hills or snow or sleds. In preparation for giving the memory, the Receiver turns off the speaker that is in the room. Every home also has a speaker, but those speakers cannot be turned off. It is not allowed. Jonas removes his tunic and lies on a tapestry-covered bed that is in the room. The old Receiver, who is now actually the Giver, tells Jonas to relax and places his hands on Jonasís bare back.
From Jonasís reaction to the locks on the doors, we surmise that the homes in the community are not generally locked. It would be nice to feel safe enough to not use a lock. But, how much does this sense of security cost the community?
The only books that Jonas has seen until now are the three books that are in every home. He has gone to school. The schools must teach without books.
The Receiver/Giverís furnishings are somewhat different than the furnishings in other homes. He has access to information about furniture styles to which the other inhabitants have no access.
We learn that in Jonasís community there are no hills and there is no snow. Not only is there none, but no one has ever heard of hills or snow. And, remember, there are no animals either. There is much that they are missing.
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