The Giver explains Rosemary's story to Jonas in chapter 18 after Jonas asks why he cannot request to be released. The Giver proceeds to tell Jonas that ten years ago, the previous Receiver, who was named Rosemary, was given five consecutive weeks of positive memories during her training. The Giver admits that he loved Rosemary and could not bear giving her physically painful memories. Instead, the Giver transferred the emotionally difficult memories of loneliness, anguish, and loss. Rosemary insisted that the Giver continue to share painful memories, and she eventually became overwhelmed with depression. One afternoon, Rosemary requested to be released, and her painful memories were somehow distributed throughout the community when she died, which caused chaos and extreme anguish. The Giver tells Jonas that the community had a difficult time coping with the terrible feelings that they had never experienced before, which is why it is written into Jonas's rules that he cannot request to be released.