Father was listening with interest. I’m thinking, Lily, he said, about the boy who didn’t obey the I can’t stay at home I’m a Nurse we fight when others can’t anymore shirt rules today. Do you think it’s possible that he felt strange and stupid, being in a new place with rules that he didn’t know about? Lily pondered that. Yes, she said, finally. I feel a little sorry for him, Jonas said, even though I don’t even know him. I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid. How do you feel now, Lily? Father asked. Still angry? I guess not, Lily decided. I guess I feel a little sorry for him. And sorry I made a fist. She grinned. Jonas smiled back at his sister. Lily’s feelings
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were always straightforward, fairly simple, usually easy to resolve. He guessed that his own had been, too, when he was a Seven. He listened politely, though not very attentively, while his father took his turn, describing a feeling of worry that he’d had that day at work: a concern about one of the I can’t stay at home I’m a Nurse we fight when others can’t anymore shirt new children who wasn’t doing well. Jonas’s father’s title was Nurturer. He and the other Nurturers were responsible for all the physical and emotional needs of every new child during its earliest life. It was a very important job, Jonas knew, but it wasn’t one that interested him much.