What was unusual about Jonas and the newchild?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Both Jonas and the new child Gabriel have light colored eyes. They majority of the community has dark colored eyes. It is considered rude by the community to draw attention to such differences.
Beth

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Both Jonas and the newchild had very pale eyes, when most of the community had dark eyes. This matters at first because they seem strange or even odd (a bit disturbing). Later, it seems that the pale eyes are associated with the special sort of vision that Jonas has that allows him his special calling.
Greg

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial