Never Let Me Go :book: :couple_with_heart: (Themes (Friendship (“We were…
Never Let Me Go
“We were quarrelling over all kinds of little things, but at the same time we were confiding in each other more than ever.”
shows how close they are, despite their differences
"the sort of loyalty she inspired in me in those days"
Kathy defends Ruth regardless of how she treats her
"it's like there's a line with us on one side and Ruth on the other"
Ruth completed not knowing the truth - Kathy feels Ruth was left out
“The memories I value most, I don’t see them ever fading. I lost Ruth, then I lost Tommy, but I won’t lose my memories of them.”
clinging onto the past
"I'll welcome the chance to rest - to stop and think and remember”
memories are portrayed as something blissful
Lies and Deceit
"The problem, as I see it, is that you’ve been told and not told. You've been told, but none of you really understand…”
Miss Lucy feels the students are being cheated of the truth
"we kept things from you, lied to you. Yes, in many ways we fooled you... But we sheltered you during those years"
Miss Emily felt that the students were better off being protected from the true nature of their fate
“we all of us, to varying degrees, believed that when you saw the person you were copied from, you’d get some insight into who you were deep down”
"possibles" - closest thing to a parent they have - where they come from
"she saw and decided in a second
what we were
defined more by the fact that they are clones than by their personalities
"things like pictures, poetry, all that kind of stuff, she said they revealed what you were like inside. She said they revealed your soul.”
whole point of the Hailsham experiment was to prove the clones had identity
"I remember a huge tiredness coming over me, a kind of lethargy in the face of the tangled mess before me"
Kathy accepts things easily
"I was pretty much ready when I became a donor. It felt right. After all, it's what we're supposed to be doing, isn't it?"
idea that clones accept their fate
"I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other,... but in the end ... The current's too strong. They've got to let go"
river represents time passing - having to follow the current
"It wasn't long after that I made my decision, and once I’d made it, I never wavered.”
"But I didn't say or do anything...Something in me just gave up."
“never explicitly claimed, just implied by her smile and ‘let’s say no more’ expression”
"I kept you and Tommy apart...That was the worst thing I did"
regrets being a bad friend to Kathy - tries to make up for it in the end
"It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever."
loves Kathy, but lets her go
"Then everyone was talking at once, about how Tommy never even tried to be creative, about how he hadn't even put anything in for the Spring Exchange"
picked on for his inability to create