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The uniformity which underlies the society extends to eye color, which probably indicates a measure of genetic engineering. With a few exceptions, "almost every citizen in the community ha(s) dark eyes"; it was considered unusual and perhaps "unsettling" to be different in this respect (Chapter 3). Jonas, a female Five, and the newchild Gabriel are exceptions who have eyes that are lighter, and all appear to have a corresponding gift that might make them capable of eventually receiving the great "honor" of becoming Receivers of Memories.
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