What did Jonas's parents tell him about the previous Receiver of Memory in The Giver?

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After Jonas is selected to be the community's next Receiver of Memory, he immediately begins to feel apart and distant from his friends and peers. In chapter 9, Jonas indicates that he is nervous about beginning his Assignment during a family conversation at dinner and his parents respond by telling him that being the Receiver of Memory is a great honor. When Jonas mentions that the Chief Elder said that the previous selection was a failure, his parents hesitate before elaborating on what the Chief Elder meant. Jonas's parents tell him that the ceremony was similar to the ceremony today and the previous Receiver was singled out too. Jonas's mother also mentions that the previous Receiver was a female but does not say her name because it is against the community's rules. When Jonas asks what happened to the previous Receiver, his parents say that they do not know and simply never saw her again.

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Jonas's father and mother give him the basic information about what happened the last time that someone was chosen to be Receiver of Memory.

They tell him that the person who was selected was passed over when the new Twelves were having their assignments announced (just like Jonas had been).  They tell him that the person who was selected was female.  And they tell him that they do not know what happened to her -- all they know is that her name will never again be given to a new child.

This can be found on Page 67 of my copy of the book.

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