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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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