In chapter 3, Jonas’s father brings a baby named Gabe into the house and we realize that Jonas is different.
Jonas’s father is a Nurturer, which means he is responsible for taking care of babies. If the babies don’t develop as they should, they could be released. Jonas’s father is worried about one of these babies, and gets special permission to take him home at night for extra nurturing. The baby, whom his father finds out will be named Gabriel, creates quite a stir in Jonas’s household because families are only allowed two children—one boy and one girl.
Jonas has a connection with the baby from the beginning.
It was the first thing Jonas noticed as he looked at the newchild peering up curiously from the basket. The pale eyes. (Ch. 3, p. 20)
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