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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go


by Kazuo Ishiguro

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes in Never Let Me Go

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Quote #1

"None of you will go to America, none of you will be film stars. And none of you will be working in supermarkets as I heard some of you planning the other day. Your lives are set out for you." (7.20)

Miss Lucy lays down the law: stop dreaming. She sure does repeat the word "none" a lot. We get the point Miss Lucy; "none" of the clones will have real-people jobs. In this scene, she seems almost cruel, whereas the gesture of telling the clones the truth seems kind in a way.

Quote #2

When I think about my essay today, what I do is go over it in some detail: I may think of a completely new approach I could have taken, or about different writers and books I could have focused on. […] It's at that sort of level—daydream stuff. (10.3)

Let's be honest: sometimes rewriting essays isn't that much fun. But here Kathy revels in the fantasies of how she could re-craft her work. She realizes this isn't really going to happen, but she likes daydreaming about the possibilities all the same. What do you think about the fact that Kathy likes to daydream about the past more than the future?

Quote #3

One big idea behind finding your model was that when you did, you'd glimpse your future. Now I don't mean anyone really thought that if your model turned out to be, say, a guy working at a railway station, that's what you'd end up doing too. We all realised it wasn't that simple. (12.12)

Kathy and her friends know that they aren't going down the same paths as their clone models. In the real world, their models have various jobs. In the clone world, there are only two jobs: carer and donor. So how could they "glimpse" into their future if they find their model? Wouldn't that future be incorrect?

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