Jonas does not feel bad about lying to his parents, because he realizes that they cannot understand the concept of love.
Jonas is horrified when he receives his instructions and one of the rules says that he can lie. Lying is expressly forbidden in his community, as far as he knows.
He had been trained since earliest childhood, since his earliest learning of language, never to lie. It was an integral part of the learning of precise speech. (Ch. 9)
Jonas wonders if anyone else had the same rule, and people have been lying to him all along. He ponders the fact that if he were to ask someone if he or she was lying, he wouldn’t know if the person was telling the truth. He can't...
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