In The Giver, what happens to the community after Rosemary's release?

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When Rosemary was released, the memories that she had received were returned to the community.  Chaos resulted.  The Giver was distraught and in morning, so he was not able to guide and comfort the community members.  Although her memories were mostly positive, the community was not used to having memories.  Those few memories of pain had terrible consequences for the community members.  Although it is not described in detail, remember that the community’s main purpose is to avoid any kind of discomfort.

After Rosemary’s release, the community waited a long time before choosing another Receiver.  They had to be careful to choose someone who would be more reliable, and they had to wait for the community to recover.  Jonas was watched very carefully for any signs of faltering.

Another result of Rosemary’s release is a change in the rules for the Receiver of Memory in training.  When Jonas receives his rules, one of them says he cannot be released.  The Giver notes that this is a new rule.  The rule is designed to prevent memories from being returned to the community again.

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