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Jonas knows that there is a possibility that he will die. But, to him, it is worth the risk. However, he wants the Giver to go with him. They donít need to be concerned about the community. Then he thinks some more and realizes that they must continue to care.
The Giver tells Jonas something that makes him very sad. The Giver no longer sees colors. He has given them to Jonas. The Giver tells him this as an example of why he cannot go with Jonas. He is weak now. Jonas is reminded of what the Giver told him almost a year ago. He told him that, in the beginning, seeing colors was different for him. He questions him about this. The Giver says that when he was young, he did not see beyond like Jonas. Instead, he was able to hear beyond. He heard something called music. Jonas does not want the Giver to share it. He wants the Giver to keep it for himself when Jonas is gone.
The next morning Jonas goes home. He acts as though everything is fine. Lying is easier now. At school he mentally reviews the plan again and again. The Giver will give him memories of courage and strength to help him when he leaves on his journey toward Elsewhere. On the night before the ceremony, at midnight, Jonas would write a note to his parents explaining that he would be back very soon, and leave his dwelling, even though there is a rule against anyone leaving their dwelling at night. He would take some clothing and his bicycle to the river and hide them. After that, he would go to the Annex. The Giver will order a vehicle and the driver will be sent to do something else. The Giver, with Jonas hidden in the vehicle along with some clothing and food, will take Jonas on the first leg of his long journey. Jonasís disappearance wonít be discovered until the midday break of the ceremony because everyone will think that he is with someone else. By then, he will be far away. The bicycle and clothing will be found and the Giver, having returned, will announce that Jonas was lost in the river and begin the Ceremony of Loss. Soon the community will be busy dealing with the memories.
The previous night, when their long planning session was ending, Jonas had once again asked the Giver to make the journey to Elsewhere with him. Once again, the Giver had refused. The Giver has other plans. After he takes care of the community and the community becomes adjusted to the memories, he plans to join Rosemary, who is actually his daughter.
The Giver tells Jonas that, if he had not been chosen to be the Receiver-to-be, he would be like the rest of the community. At this point, after all the changes he has gone through, it is difficult to remember that.
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