In chapter 15, Jonas arrives at the Giver's quarters to find him in obvious and significant pain. Up to this point, Jonas has been sent home when the Giver is in discomfort; today, Jonas asks if there is anything he can do to help because he feels compassion for the suffering of the Giver. The Giver asks Jonas to receive the memory which is afflicting the Giver so as to relieve some of his pain. Jonas agrees.
The memory of war is the most awful set of sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and emotions Jonas has ever experienced. He is overwhelmed with the pain of his broken arm, the terror of the noise and chaos surrounding him, the helplessness of watching others die.
Dirt streaked the boy's face and his matted blond hair. He lay sprawled, his gray uniform glistening with wet, fresh blood. The colors of the carnage were grotesquely bright: the crimson wetness on the rough and dusty fabric, the ripped shred of grass, startlingly green, in the boy's yellow hair.
When Jonas returns to the present and the Giver's room, he is filled with the pain he now shares with the Giver and with reluctance to subject himself to more pain while receiving other memories in the future. He has acquired a new understanding of the depth of his responsibility as the Receiver of Memory for the community.