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When Jonas returns from the memory, the Giver has him look at one of the shelves of books. Jonas tells him that the same thing happened to the books, but it did not last. The Giver concludes that Jonas is beginning to see color, the color red.
The faces at the ceremony were not red, but had red tones. On the subject of skin color, the Giver tells Jonas that before Sameness skin had many different colors.
Regarding Fiona’s hair, the Giver says that the genetic scientists are still working on perfecting hair color. After all this time, they still have not completely mastered Sameness.
The Giver tells Jonas that he sees all the colors all the time now. And, Jonas will see more colors as he receives more memories.
The Giver continues. Long, long ago, when they went to Sameness, they gave up color. That was at the same time that they gave up sunshine. That was when they gave up differences. Their control of many things increased. But, other things had to be given up. When Jonas voices his disagreement with what was done, the Giver compliments him on how quickly he came to that decision. It took him much longer.
Now it is time to transmit another memory. The next one will be of a rainbow.
Jonas wants to follows the directions that he has been given. He does not want to tell others about his dreams. And, he knows that he is now allowed to lie. But, he prefers to just shake his head instead of saying out loud that he did not dream.
The end of Jonas’s dream gives us a foreshadowing of what happens later. It also shows us what is actually going on inside Jonas. As his horizon widens, he knows that he wants more out of life.
As Jonas learns more from the memories and from the Giver, he feels a widening divide between himself and the other Twelves with whom he goes to school.
Again we see the discipline wand mentioned. Fiona has helped out at the House of the Old many times in the past, yet she only found out about the wand after receiving her Assignment. Anything unpleasant is kept from all those who do not need to know.
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