He couldn’t seem to stop, though for each lapse the discipline wand came again, escalating to a series of painful lashes that left marks on Asher’s legs. Eventually, for a period of time, Asher stopped talking altogether, when he was a Three.
The Receiver must have one more quality, and it is one which I can only name, but not describe. I do not understand it. You members of the community will not understand it, either. Perhaps Jonas will, because the current Receiver has told us that Jonas already has this quality. He calls it the Capacity to See Beyond.
Now Jonas had a thought that he had never had before. This new thought was frightening. What if
others— adults—had, upon becoming Twelves, received in theirinstructions the same terrifying sentence? What if they had all been instructed: You may lie?