Kathy

Kathy

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    Never Let Me Go
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Character Analysis

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Grew Up... at Hailsham, a boarding school in the English countryside. None of the students there had any parents for one crucial reason: they are all clones, created to be organs donors. Before they are even middle-aged, they will start to donate. And sometime around the third or fourth donation, they are "completed" and die.

Living... alone. Kathy's not home much because she likes to travel and wander around nearby towns.

Profession... carer, a job she's had for nine years. As a carer, Kathy supports the organ donors, which gives her a temporary reprieve from having to donate organs herself. Although Kathy is one of the best carers alive, it's not easy dealing with so much death, and the job is starting to get to her.  

Relationship Status... single. She had a crush on Tommy when she was at Hailsham, but Tommy ended up with her friend Ruth, and the three friends lost contact with each other for several years. Now, they're together again, but under very different circumstances.

Challenge... accepting her fate. Until quite recently, Kathy was quietly resigned to her fate – but now that Tommy is here again, she wonders if she might be able to win a few more years for the two of them. Still, Kathy wonders if even that time will be enough for what she wants: "we all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time."

Personality... caring, calm, and idealistic. Ever since childhood, Kathy has been a kind girl, and her caring nature carries well into her current job as a carer. Coupled with her level-headedness, Kathy is the perfect person to have when you're in a corner.

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