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The Giver Chapter 22

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Chapter 22

  • As Jonas bikes further and further away form the community, the landscape starts changing. The roads are more makeshift, filled with ruts and stones.
  • At one point, Jonas hits a stone and the bicycle turns over. Gabriel is fine, but Jonas has twisted an ankle.
  • Yet Jonas is undaunted, and the little duo continues to travel.
  • Since the search-planes aren't coming by anymore, Jonas starts to travel in daylight.
  • The landscape becomes more and more rural. Jonas even sees a bird pass by overhead—the first he's ever seen in real life.
  • As they move into forest-like territory, they see more and more animals. Jonas is happy about this, a fact only slightly dampened by their impending starvation.
  • Right, about that… Jonas is running out of food. Amazingly, he goes Survivorman, makes a net out of Gabriel's blanket, and catches two fish from a stream, which they eat raw.
  • He tries to conjure up memories of food, but they're dim and fleeting.
  • Jonas takes a moment to ponder the fact that, had he stayed in the community, he would definitely not be starving right now. He made a choice, he realizes, and it was the wrong one.
  • On the other hand, if he had stayed… well, Gabriel would have died. Jonas also would have starved in other ways, starved for color and emotion.
  • Then Jonas encounters hills for the first time. On the one hand, he's all excited to see hills. On the other hand, he's on a bike and he has a sprained ankle, so this isn't exactly the best time.
  • Then it starts raining. Again, this is fun as far as novelty goes, but that's about it. Now they're starving and wet and freezing.
  • Gabriel, understandably, starts crying.
  • Jonas does, too, but not for himself. He's not worried about saving himself anymore; he's just concerned about saving Gabriel.

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