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What is she like?
Narrator of novel.
31 years old when she begins the story.
Works as a carer
Proud of her role
Developed an instinct where she can gauge what and when her donors need and things.
Acknowledges how tough the job can be
Suggests she puts her own emotions aside
Due to her successes she can choose who she cares for
"not the first to be allowed to pick and choose and she doubts she'll be the last.
Headstrong and determined
Once she's made a choice, she won't go back on it.
How does she view herself?
Hailsham had a large effect on her
Her reminisces are linked back to Hailsham
Bothers her when people forget things that happened at Hailsham
Struggles with her identity throughout the text
Doubts her own actions and thoughts
e.g. she feels her sexual urges are not normal
e.g. struggles to have long-term relationships with boys
Very accepting of her fate.
e.g. neither her or Tommy argue with Miss Emily about not being allowed a deferral.
Connection to other characters
Looks out for him
Expresses sympathy when he is bullied
In Chapter 1, She goes to help him,
'even when [she] heard Ruth's urgent whisper...to come back.'
Very tolerant of Ruth
Sometimes be quite passive
Sticks up for her even though she isn't always very kind to her.
Allows Ruth to manipulate her into doing things
e.g. helping bring Tommy and Ruth back together