In The Giver, what is Jonas referring to when he says he may have the ''capacity to see beyond''?

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As Jonas looks at things, he is able to see colors that other people cannot see. Color has been removed from Jonas' community, so everything in their lives is the same drab tone. Nothing is vibrant or distinctive, such as the color red. Jonas later learns that as a boy, the Giver had the capacity to "Hear Beyond", meaning the Giver could hear musical patterns in everyday sound.

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