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In what chapter of The Giver does the word "indolence" appear?

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angie14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2009 at 6:54 AM via web

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In what chapter of The Giver does the word "indolence" appear?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 2, 2011 at 4:35 AM (Answer #1)

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The word indolence appears in chapter 8 of The Giver.  Indolence means laziness.

During the Ceremony of Twelve, the Chief Elder describes the traits the committee observes  when determining assignments for the Twelves.    The word appears in this context on page 61:

“Sometimes we worry that the one assigned will not develop, through training, every attribute necessary.  Elevens are still children, after all.  What we observe as playfulness and patience—the requirements to become Nurturer—could, with maturity, be revealed as simply foolishness and indolence.  So we continue to observe during training, and modify behavior when necessary.”

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