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Chapter 21 Summary

In spite of all the careful plans he made with the Giver to take advantage of the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas ends up leaving early. The Giver would likely have been able to offer Jonas a great deal of help, but the young Receiver is forced to make do without it.

While Jonas was staying with the Giver, Jonas’s father allowed Gabriel to return to the care center. The infant fussed and squabbled all night, greatly irritating the Nurturers. The next day, even Jonas’s father was forced to agree that the time had come for Gabe’s release, and plans have been made to release the child the next day. Jonas’s father sighs and admits that the community has done everything in its power for Gabe. Jonas’s mother, whose sleep has been disrupted for so long, readily agrees that it is time for Gabe to be released.

Jonas decides to escape ahead of schedule and to take Gabe with him. He takes his father’s bicycle, which will allow him to carry Gabriel. He also takes some supplies to feed the infant. He dodges workmen and patrols before crossing the bridge that takes people away from the community. Soon he notices that the outer dwellings of...

(The entire section is 415 words.)