Part 1 Chapter 9
Kathy explains that she delayed plans with Harry C. because her friends thought she was the ‘natural successor’ after Ruth broke up with Tommy. Ruth, however, asks Kathy to help mend the new divide between them, claiming that Tommy respects her and will listen. Kathy is concerned that it’ll only harm Tommy more but Ruth promises she is finished playing games and that she is an adult now. Kathy meets Tommy after agreeing.
Tommy explains that he is not angry about the breakup but about a conversation he had with Miss Lucy in which she explains that she made a mistake in telling him it was fine to be uncreative. She had not, according to her, realised the importance of Madame’s Gallery. She suggests the students’ artworks to be ‘evidence’. She urges Tommy to start producing art.
Tommy then says that it is unwise to restart the relationship as they will be leaving Halisham soon. The next day, Miss Lucy leaves the school for good. Tommy and Ruth get back together as well.
Never Let Me Go
In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at a seemingly idyllic school, Hailsham, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory,