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What are the clones lack of surnames used for?

To indicate they have been denied a full identity


How is Kathy shown as determined?

“It wasn’t long after I made my decision, and once I’d made it, I never wavered. I just got up one morning and told Keffers I wanted to start my training to become a carer.”


How is Kathy shown as caring?

“I don’t claim I’ve been immune to all of this, but I’ve learnt to live with it. Some carers, though, their whole attitude lets them down. A lot of them, you can tell, are just going through the motions, waiting for the day they’re told they can stop and become donors. It really gets to me too, the way so many of them ‘shrink’ the moment they step inside a hospital. They don’t know what to say to the white coats; they can’t make themselves speak up on behalf of their donor.”


How is Kathy shown as accepting?

“We hardly discussed our meeting with Miss Emily and Madame on the journey back. Or if we did, we talked only about the less important things, like how much we thought they’d aged, or the stuff in their house.”


What are one of the times Ruth shows great kindness towards Kathy?

When she buys a new tape for Kathy.

“I found it at the last Sale. I just thought it’s the sort of thing you’d like,”


How is Ruth shown as manipulating?

“It’s not just me, sweety. Kathy here finds your animals a complete hoot.” (Ruth to Tommy)

“Look, Tommy, you’ve got to understand,” Ruth went on. “If Kathy and I have a good laugh about you, it doesn’t really matter. Because that’s just us. But please, let’s not bring everyone else in on it.” (Ruth to Tommy)


How is Ruth shown as desperate to fit in?

“Anyway, my point is, it wasn’t long before Ruth realised the way she’d been carrying on with Tommy was all wrong for the Cottages, and she set about changing how they did things in front of people.”


How is Ruth shown to regret her past actions?

“That was the worst thing I did,” she said again. “I’m not even asking you to forgive me about that. God, I’ve said all this in my head so many times, I can’t believe I’m really doing it. It should have been you two. I’m not pretending I didn’t always see that. Of course I did, as far back as I can remember. But I kept you apart. I’m not asking you to forgive me for that. That’s not what I’m after just now. What I want is for you to put it right. Put right what I messed up for you.”


How is Tommy shown to struggle with artistic work?

“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.”


How is Tommy shown to struggle to control his temper?

“He was just raving, flinging his limbs about, at the sky, at the wind, at the nearest fence post […] Someone else pointed out how each time he screamed something he’d raise one foot off the ground, pointing it outwards, ‘like a dog doing a pee’.”


How is Miss. Lucy shown to be honest?

“… You were brought into this world for a purpose, and your futures, all of them, have been decided. So you’re not to talk that way anymore. You’ll be leaving Hailsham before long, and it’s not so far off, the day you’ll be preparing for your first donations. You need to remember that. If you’re to have decent lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you, every one of you.” (Miss Lucy to a group of Hailsham students)


How is Miss. Emily shown as protective?

“… You see, we were able to give you something, something which even now no one will ever take from you, and we were able to do that principally by sheltering you. Hailsham would not have been Hailsham if we hadn’t. Very well, sometimes that meant we kept things from you, lied to you. Yes, in many ways we fooled you. I suppose you could even call it that. But we sheltered you during those years, and we gave you your childhoods.” (Miss Emily to Kathy and Tommy)


How is it shown that Madame is not in fact reserved and lacking in warmth?

“Marie-Claude has given everything for you. She has worked and worked and worked. Make no mistake about it, my child, Marie-Claude is on your side. Is she afraid of you? We’re all afraid of you.” (Miss Emily to Kathy and Tommy)