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They discuss the way the brain works. Jonas starts to quote his teachers, but the Giver says that the teachers are well trained but that they know nothing because they do not have the memories.
Some days, when Jonas goes to see the Giver he is sent away. This is because the Giver is in pain on those days. When he is sent away, he spends the afternoon exercising his new memories. He concentrates on grass or the sky until he sees green or blue. Then he holds onto the color as long as he can. At other times, he remembers sunshine until he can actually feel warmth. Sometimes, he stands at the bridge that is crossed only with permission. On the other side one can reach communities like his own but slightly different. The area between the various communities is flat. It is farmland. Jonasís thoughts go to the area beyond the nearby communities, to Elsewhere. He wonders if there are still hills Elsewhere. Is there wind?
One day Jonas asks the Giver what causes pain. Jonas tells the Giver to give him some of the pain to carry for him. The Giver agrees that it is time. It will all be Jonasís to bear in the future, he says. The Giver decides to begin with a memory that will be partially familiar to Jonas. It is of a hill and a sled.
Jonas mistakenly referring to Gabriel as his brother illustrates for us the closeness that he is developing with the newchild. It illustrates the changes that are occurring in Jonas as he mentally moves further away from the ways of the community and closer to those of the Giver. We remember what Lily suggested earlier. Perhaps they both have light eyes because they have the same birth mother.
Jonas decides that not having choices is safer. But, he questions whether it is actually better than having choices.
Why is touching considered to be rude? The rational is that touching would tend to develop connections between individuals. For a stable community, individuals should have a strong connection to the community as a whole, not to individual members of the community.
It is difficult to accept the belief of those who developed Sameness that a world without animals is better.
The Giver cannot give the Elders advice that they do not ask for. If he could, he could help the community tremendously. The requirement that advice be requested prevents the community from improving itself.
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