The Giver, Chapters 21-23 Audiobook

The Giver, Chapters 21-23 Audiobook

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this is the last video for The Giver chapters 21 to 23 chapter 21 it would work they could make it work Jonas told himself again and again throughout the day but that evening everything changed all of it all the things that they had thought through so meticulously fell apart that night Jonas was forced to flee he left the dwelling shortly after the sky became dark in the community still it was terribly dangerous because some of the work crews were still about but he moved stealthily and silently staying in the shadows making his way past the darkened dwellings and empty central plaza toward the river beyond
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the plaza he could see the house of the old with the annex behind it outlined against the night sky but he could not stop there there was no time every minute counted now and every minute must take him farther from the community now he was on the bridge hunched over on the bicycle pedaling steadily he could see the dark churning water far below he felt surprisingly no fear nor any regret at leaving the community behind but he felt a deep very deep sadness that he had left his closest friend behind he knew that in the danger of his escape he must be absolutely silent but with his heart and mind he called back
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and hoped that with his capacity for hearing beyond the giver would know that Jonas had said goodbye it had happened at the evening meal the family unit was eating together as always Lily chattering away mother and father making their customary comments and lies Jonas knew about the day near by Gabriel played happily on the floor babbling his baby talk looking with glee now and then toward Jonas obviously delighted to have him back after the unexpected night away from the dwelling father glanced down toward the toddler enjoy it little guy he said this is your last night as visitor what do you mean
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Jonas asked him asked him father sighed with this appointment well you know he wasn't here when you got home this morning because we had him stay overnight at the nurturing Center it seemed like a good opportunity with you gone to give it a try he'd been sleeping so soundly didn't it go well mother asked sympathetically father gave a rueful laugh that's an understatement it was a disaster he cried all night apparently the night crew couldn't handle it they were really frazzled by the time I got to work Gabe you naughty thing will he said with a scolding little cluck toward the
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grinning toddler on the floor so father went on we obviously had to make the decision even I voted for Gabriel's release when we had the meeting afternoon Jonah's put his fork put down his fork and stared at his father release he asked father nodded we certainly gave it our best try didn't we yes we did mother agreed empathetically only nodded in agreement - Jonas worked at keeping his voice absolutely calm when he asked when will he be released first thing tomorrow morning we'll have to start our
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preparations for the naming ceremony but so we thought we'd get this taken care of right away it's bye-bye - you gave in the morning father had said in his sweet singsong voice Jonah's reached the opposite side of the river stopped briefly and looked back the community where his entire life had been lived lay behind him now sleeping at dawn the orderly disciplined life he had always known would continue again without him the life where nothing was ever unexpected or inconvenient or unusual the life without color pain or past he pushed firmly again again at the
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pedal with his foot and continued riding along the road it was not safe to spend time looking back he thought of the rules he had broken so far enough that if he were caught now he would be condemned first he had left the dwelling at night a major transgression second he had robbed the community of food a very serious crime even though what he had taken was leftovers set out on the dwelling doorstep for collection third he had stolen his father's bicycle he has headed he hesitated for a moment standing beside the bike port in the darkness not wanting anything of his father's and uncertain as well whether
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he could comfortably ride the larger bike when he was so accustomed to his own but it was necessary because it had the child seat attached to the back and he had taken Gabriel - he could feel the little head nyjah's back bouncing gently against him as he rode Gabriel was sleeping soundly strapped into the seat before he left the dwelling he laid his hands firmly on Gabe's back and transmitted to him the most soothing memory he could a slow swinging hammock under palm trees an aisle at an island someplace at evening with a rhythmic sound of languid water lapping hypnotically against a bench nearby as
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the memory seeped from him into the new child he could feel Gabe sleep ease and deepen there had been no stir at all when Jonah's lifted him from the crib and placed him gently into the molded seat he knew that he had the remaining hours of night before they would be aware of his escape so he rode hard steadily willing himself not a tire as the minutes and miles passed there'd been no time to receive the memories he and the giver had counted on of strength and courage so he relied on what he had and hoped it would be enough he circled the under the outlying communities their dwellings dark gradually the distance between
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communities widened and with note with longer stretch of empty Road his lathes legs ached at first then his time passed they became numb at dawn Gabriel began to stir they were in an isolated place fields on either side of the road were dotted with thickets of trees here and there he saw a stream and made his way to it across a rutted bumpy meadow Gabriel wide awake now giggled as the bicycle jolted him up and down Jonah's unstrapped Gabe lifted him from the bike and watched him investigate the grass and twigs with the light carefully he had the bicycle and the thick bushes
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morning meal Gabe he unwrapped some of the food and fed them both then he filled the cup he had brought with water from the stream and held it for Gabriel to drink he drank thirstily himself and sat by the stream watching the new child play he was exhausted he knew he must sleep resting his own muscles and preparing himself for more hours on the bicycle it would not be safe to travel in daylight they would be looking for him soon he found a place deeply hidden in the trees took the new child there and lay down holding Gabriel in his arms Gabe struggled cheerfully as if it were a wrestling game the kind they had
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played back in the dwelling and with tickles and laughter sorry Gabe Jonas told him I know it's morning and I know you just woke up but we have to sleep now he cuddled the small body close to him and rubbed the little back he murmured to Gabriel soothingly then pressed his hands firmly and transmitted a memory of deep contented exhaustion Gabriel's head nodded after a moment and fell against Jonas's chest together the fugitive slept through the first dangerous day the most terrifying thing was the plains by now days had passed Jonah's no longer knew how many the journey had become automatic the sleep
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by days hidden in underbrush and trees the finding of water the careful division of scraps of food augmented by what he could find in the fields and the endless endless miles on the bicycle by night his leg muscles were taught now they egg 20 saddle himself to sleep but they were stronger and he stopped to left now less often to rest sometimes he paused and lifted Gabriel down for a brief bit of exercise running down the road or through the field together in the dark but always when he returned strapped the uncomplaining toddler into the seat again and remount his legs were ready so he had enough
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strength of his own and had not needed what the giver might have provided had there been time but when the planes came he wished that he could have received the courage he knew they were search planes they flew so low that they woke him with the noise of their engines and sometimes looking out and up fearfully from the hiding places he could almost see the faces of the searchers he knew they could not see color and that their flash as well as Gabriel's light golden curls would be no more than smears of gray against colorless foliage but he remembered from a science and technology studies at school that the search planes used heat-seeking devices which could
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identify body warmth and wood homed in on to humans huddled in shrubbery so always when he heard the aircraft sound he reached to Gabriel and transmitted memories of snow keeping some for himself together they became cold and when the planes were gone they would shiver holding each other until sleep came again sometimes urging the memories into Gabriel Jonas felt that they were more shallow a little weaker than they had been it was what he had hoped what he and the giver had planned that as he moved away from the community he was shed the memories and leave them behind for the people but now when he needed them when the planes came he tried hard
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to cling on to what he still had of cold to use it for their survival usually the aircraft came by day when they were hiding but he was alert at night to on the road always listening intently for the sound of the engines even Gabriel listened and what caught plane plane sometimes before Jonas had heard the terrifying noise when the aircraft searchers came as they occasionally did during the night as they rode Jonas sped to the nearest tree or bush dropped to the ground and made himself and Gabriel cold but it sometimes it was a frightening lean close call as he pedaled through the
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nights through isolated landscape now with the communities far behind and no sign of human habitation around him or ahead he was constantly vigilant looking for the next nearest hiding place should the sound of engines come but the frequency of the planes diminished they came less often and flew when they did come less slowly as if the search should become haphazard and no longer hopeful finally there was an entire day and night when they did not come at all chapter 22 now the landscape was changing it was a subtle change hard to identify at first the road was narrower
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and bumpy apparently no longer tended by road crews it was harder suddenly to balance on the bike as the front wheel wobbled over stones and ruts one night Jonah's fell and the bike jolted to a sudden stop against a rock he grabbed instinctively for Gabriel and the new child strapped tightly in his seat was uninjured only frightened when the bike fell to its side but Jonah's his ankle was twisted and his knees were scraped in raw blood seeping through his torn trousers painfully he righted himself in the bike and reassured Gabe tentatively he began to ride in daylight he had forgotten the fear of the
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searchers who seemed to have diminished into the past but now there were new fears the unfamiliar landscape held hidden unknown perils trees became more numerous and the forest besides the road were dark and thick with mystery they saw streams more frequently now and stopped often to drink Jonah's carefully washed his injured knees wincing as he rubbed at the raw flesh the constant ache of the swollen ankle was eased when he soaked it occasionally in the cold water that rushed to the roadside gullies he was newly aware that Gabriel's safety depended entirely upon his own continued strength this other first waterfall and
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for the first time wildlife playing playing Gabriel called and Jonas turned swiftly into the trees though he had not seen planes in days he did not hear an aircraft engine now when he stopped the bicycle in the shrubbery and turned to grab Gabe he saw the small chubby arm pointing to the sky terrified he looked up but it was not a plane at all though he had never seen one before he identified it from his fading memories for the giver had given him them to him often it was a bird soon there were many birds along the way soaring overhead calling they saw a deer and once beside
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the road looking at them curious and unafraid a small reddish-brown creature with a thick tail whose name Jonas did not know he slowed the bike and they stared at one another until the creature turned away and disappeared into the woods all of it was new to him after a life of sameness and predictability he was awed by the surprises that lay beyond each curve in the road he slowed the bike again and again to look with Wonder at wildflowers to enjoy the throaty warble of a new bird nearby or merely to watch the way wind shifted the leaves in the trees during his 12 years in the community he had never felt such
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simple moments of exquisite happiness but there were desperate fears building in him now as well the most relentless of his new fears was that they would starve now that they had left the cultivated fields behind them it was almost impossible to find food they finished the meager store of potatoes and carrots they had saved from the last agricultural area and they were always hungry Jonas knelt by a stream and tried without success to catch a fish with his hands frustrated he threw rocks into the water knowing even as he did so that it was useless finally in desperation he fashioned a makeshift net looping the strands of
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Gabriel's blanket around a curved stick after countless tries the net yielded to flopping silvery fish methodically Jonah's hacked them to pieces with a sharp rock and fed the raw shreds to himself into Gabriel they ate some berries and tried without success to catch a bird at night while Gabriel slept beside him Jonas lay awake tortured by hunger and remembering his life in the community where meals were delivered to each dwelling every day he tried to use the flagging power of his memory to recreate meals and managed brief tantalizing fragments banquets
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with huge roasted meats birthday parties with thick frosted cakes and lush fruits picked and eaten Sun warmed and dripping from trees when the memory glimpses subsided he was left with the gnawing painful emptiness Jonah's remembered suddenly in grimly the time in his childhood when he had been chastised for misusing a word the word had been starving you have never been starving he had told he was told you will never be starving now he was if he had stayed in the community he would not be it was as simple as that once he
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had yearned for choice then when he had a choice he'd made the wrong one the choice to leave and now he was starving but if he had stayed his thoughts continued if he had stayed he would have starved in other ways he would have lived a life hungry for feelings for color for love and Gabriel for Gabriel there would have been no life at all so there had not really been a choice it became a struggle to ride the bicycle as Jonah's weakened from lack of food and realized at the same time that he was encountering something he had for a long time yearned to see Hills his sprained
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ankle throbbed as he forced the pedal downward an effort that was almost beyond him and the weather was changing it rained for two days Jonah's had never seen rain and though he had experienced it often in the memories he liked those rains enjoyed the feeling of it but this was different he and Gabriel became cold and wet and it was hard to get dry even when sunshine occasionally followed Gabriel had not cried during the long frightening journey now he did he cried because he was hungry and cold and terribly weak Jonah's cried too for the same reasons and another reason
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as well he wept because he was afraid now that he could not save Gabriel he no longer cared about himself chapter 23 Jonas felt more and more certain that the destination lay ahead of him very near now in the night that was approaching none of his senses confirmed it he's on nothing ahead except the endless ribbon of road and folding and twisting narrow curves he heard no sound ahead dead he felt it he felt that elsewhere was not far away but he had little hope left that he would be able to reach it his hope diminished further
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while the sharp cold air began to blur and thicken with swirling white Gabriel wrapped in his inadequate blanket was hunched shivering and silent in his little seat Jonas stopped the bike wearily lifted the child down and realized with heartbreak how cold and weak Gabe had become standing in the freezing Mound that was thickening around his numb feet Jonas opened his own tunic held Gabriel to his bare chest and tied the torn and dirty blanket around them both Gabriel moved feebly against him and whimpered briefly into the silence that surrounded them
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dimly from a nearly forgotten perception as blurred as the substance itself Jonas recalled what the whiteness was it's called snow Gabe Jonas whispered snowflakes they fall down from the sky and they're very beautiful there was no response from the child who had once been so curious and alert Jonas looked down through the dusk at the little head against his chest Gabriel's curly hair was matted and filthy they were tear stains outlined in dirt on his pale cheeks his eyes were closed as Jonas watched a snow flake drifted down and was caught briefly for
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a moment sparkle in the tiny fluttering eyelashes wearily he remounted the bicycle a steep hill loomed ahead in the best of conditions the hill would have been a difficult demanding ride but now the rapidly deepening snow obscured the narrow road and made the right impossible his front wheel moved forward imperceptibly as he pushed on the pedals with his numb exhausted legs but the bicycle stopped it would not move he got off and let it drop sideways in the snow for a moment he thought how easy it would be to drop beside it and and it himself to let himself and Gabriel slide
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into the softness of the snow the darkness of the night the worgen comfort of sleep but he come this far he must try to go on the memories had fallen behind him now escaping from his protection to return to the people of his community were there any left at all could he hold on to a last bit of warmth did he still have the strength to give could Gabriel still receive he pressed his hands into Gabriel's back and tried to remember sunshine for a moment it seemed that nothing came to him that his power was completely gone then it flickered suddenly and he felt tiny tongues of
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heat begin to creep across and into his frozen legs and feet he felt his face begin to glow in the tense cold skin of his arms and hands relax for a fleeting second he felt that he wanted to keep it for himself to let himself bathe in sunlight unburdened by anything or anyone else but the moment passed and was followed by an urge and need a passionate yearning to share the warmth that the one person left for him to love aching from the effort he forced the memory of warmth into the thin shivering body in his arms Gabriel stirred for a moment they were
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both bathed in warmth and renewed strength as they stood hugging each other in the blinding snow Jonas began to walk up the hill the memory was agonizingly brief he had trudged no more than a few yards through the night when it was gone and they were cold again but his mind was alert now warming himself ever so briefly had shaken away the lethargy and resignation and restored his will to survive he began to walk faster on feet that could no longer feel but the hill was treacherously steep he was impeded by the snow in his own lack of strength he didn't make it very far before he
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stumbled and fell forward on his knees unable to rise Jonas tried a second time his consciousness grasped but a wisp of another warm memory and tried desperately to hold it there to enlarge it and pass it in to Gabriel his spirits and strength lifted with the momentary warmth and he stood again Gabriel stirred against him as he began to climb but the memory faded leaving him colder than before if only he had time to receive more warmth from the giver before he escaped maybe there would be more left for him now but there was no purpose and if onlys his entire concentration now had to be
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on moving his feet warming Gabriel and himself and going forward he climbed stopped and warmed them both briefly again with a tiny scrap of memory that seemed certainly to be all he had left at the top of the hill the top of the hill seemed so far away and he did not know it lay beyond but there was nothing left to do but continue he trudged upward as he approached the summit of the hill at last something began to happen he was not warmer if anything he felt more numb and more cold he was not less exhausted on the contrary his steps were led and he could barely move his freezing tired
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legs but he began suddenly to feel happy he began to recall happy times he remembered his parents and his sister he remembered his friends Asher and Fiona he remembered the giver memories of joy flooded through him suddenly he reached the place where the hill crested and he could feel the ground under his snow-covered feet become level it would not be uphill anymore almost there Gabriel he whispered feeling quite certain without knowing why I remember this place Gabe and it was true but it was not a grasping of a thin and burdensome recollection this was
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different this was something that he could keep it was a memory of his own he hugged Gabriel and rubbed in briskly warming him to keep him alive the wind was bitterly cold the snow swirled blurring his vision but somewhere ahead through the blinding storm he knew there was warmth and light using his final strength and a special knowledge that was deep inside him Jonah's found the sled that was waiting for them at the top of the hill numb Lee his hands fumbled for the Rope he settled himself on the sled and hugged Gabe close the hill was steep but the snow was powdery and soft and he knew
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that this time there would be no ice no fall no pain inside his freezing body his heart surged with hope they started down Jonah's felt himself losing consciousness and with his whole being willed himself to say up right atop the sled clutching Gabriel keeping him safe the runners sliced the snow and the wind whipped at his face as they sped in a straight line through an incision that seemed to lead to the final destination the place he had always felt was waiting the elsewhere that held their future and their past he forced his eyes open as they went downward downwards sliding and
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all at once he could see lights and he recognized them now he knew they were shining through the windows of rooms but they were the red blue and yellow lights that twinkled from trees and places where families created and kept memories where they celebrated love downward downward faster and faster suddenly he was aware with certainty enjoy the below ahead they were waiting for him but they were waiting too for the baby for the first time he heard something that he knew to be music he heard people singing behind him across vast distances of space and time the place he had left
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he thought he heard music too but perhaps it was only an echo well that's the end of The Giver check the video description for final chapter summaries you can tell me what to read next in comments and discuss the ending weather Jonas survived with Gabriel whether they died and went to elsewhere or whether something else happened thanks for listening

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