| Quote #4
He had been trained since earliest childhood, since his earliest learning of language, never to lie. It was an integral part of the learning of precise speech. Once, when he had been a Four, he had said, just prior to the midday meal at school, "I'm starving."
Check out the moment when Jonas first lies; it is when his Mother and Father ask him if he understands why they don't use the word "love." Lying is tied to language in that to use language incorrectly is to lie. But Jonas is actually defending the integrity of language – of the word "love" – when he first lies to his parents.
| Quote #5
Now Jonas had a thought that he had never had before. This new thought was frightening. What if others – adults – had, upon becoming Twelves, received in their instructions the same terrifying sentence?
With this one small realization, Jonas now has to doubt everything he's ever been told. And, in some way, his suspicions are warranted – later on, after all, he will discover that his Father has been lying to him about what "release" means.
| Quote #6
"I apologize for hurting you, Lily." Jonas mumbled, and took his hand away.
This is when we, as readers, can really see how frivolous "apologies" are in the community. The words are as "lifeless" as the elephant Lily is stroking. (Zing. How do you like THEM apples?)