The opening line of chapter 9 begins with, "Now, for the first time in his twelve years of life, Jonas felt separate, different" (65). This comes right after Jonas was skipped over during the ceremony of twelves and made to sit anxiously to find out his fate. That event singled him out enough, but his assignment makes things worse because he does not feel normal or like his other friends would feel just receiving a regular working assignment. They tell Jonas that it is an honor to become the Receiver, but without knowing what that actually entails, Jonas must have felt scared if not a little apprehensive. Sometimes it can be good to be honored, but Jonas isn't the kind of person who wanted fame or honor in that way. After reading the rules for his calling, he discovers that he can't really have a normal life again, and that is bad.