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CHAPTER SUMMARY WITH NOTES
Now, the road is rougher. It is more difficult to ride the bicycle. Once, Jonas falls and hurts his leg, but Gabriel remains uninjured. Jonas begins to feel that it is safe to ride in the daytime since planes have become a thing of the past.
Once again, Gabriel thinks that he sees a plane. But, it is not a plane. It is a bird. Soon, there are more birds, and animals. These, along with other new discoveries, like wildflowers, give Jonas much joy.
They are no longer near cultivated land. It is becoming more difficult to find food. Jonas and Gabriel are continually hungry.
Jonas begins to think that he made the wrong choice. If he had stayed, he would not be starving now. But, he would have starved for love and for color. Jonas knows that, considering what would have happened to Gabriel, there was really nothing he could have done except leave.
They begin to encounter hills. Because of Jonasís injured leg, and his empty stomach this is not good. Then, they encounter a lengthy rain. Gabriel cries because he is cold, wet, and hungry. Then, Jonas cries because he is worried that he wonít be able to continue to take care of Gabriel.
Jonas is learning more about the risks involved in making choices. Life is no longer neat. It is no longer painless. And, it can become unexpectedly complicated.
From the description, the place in which Jonas and Gabriel now find themselves could easily be Elsewhere, their destination.
Figuring out how to do something without any training shows resourcefulness. Jonasís fashioning of strips of Gabrielís blanket into a net shows his innate creativity.