-Never Let Me Go-

Part 3 Chapter 19

Kathy visits Tommy whilst Ruth sits in the car but the trio reform when all go to see the breached boat. Tommy sits in the back with Ruth and the pair share a kiss on the check. Ruth begins talking and Kathy advises that she might not want to hear the rest of her anecdote, to which Tommy agrees. When they get out of the car to walk to the boat, Kathy notices that Tommy has a limp but is otherwise fine. 


Ruth, however, despite feigning healthiness, tires quickly and appears frightened at the concept of climbing a fence. When they come to the sight of the stuck boat, Ruth ponders its beauty whilst Tommy remarks on how it is similar to the fall of Halisham. 

 

On the car journey home, Ruth suddenly blurts out an apology for all of the wrong things she has done and how she should never have criticised Kathy for her sexual urges as she felt them too. She says how she is most sorry for keeping Tommy and Kathy apart. 


Kathy starts crying, unsure that they are in any position to even attempt a relationship. Ruth then hands Tommy a note with Madame’s address on it in case he thinks he can ask for a deferral, even though he has already donated. 

 

Later on, as Ruth prepares for her second donation and her completion, she begs Kathy to be Tommy’s carer. Before completing, Kathy promises Ruth that she will. 

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,

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