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Friendship Quotes

But in the end I managed it, and the instant I saw her again, at that recovery centre in Dover, all our differences—while they didn't exactly vanish—seemed not nearly as important as all the ot...

Lies and Deceit Quotes

"She said we weren't being taught enough, something like that." "Taught enough? You mean she thinks we should be studying even harder than we are?""No, I don't think she meant that. What she was ta...

Identity Quotes

My name is Kathy H. I'm thirty-one years old, and I've been a carer now for over eleven years. (1.1)

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

"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)

Freedom and Confinement Quotes

The woods were at the top of the hill that rose behind Hailsham House. All we could see really was a dark fringe of trees, but I certainly wasn't the only one of my age to feel their presence day a...

Memory and the Past Quotes

Driving around the country now, I still see things that will remind me of Hailsham. I might pass the corner of a misty field, or see part of a large house in the distance as I come down the side of...

Art and Culture Quotes

"An Exchange would come along and we'd be standing there torn between Susie K.'s poems and those giraffes Jackie used to make." "Jackie's giraffes," Ruth said with a laugh. "They were so beautiful....

Passivity Quotes

I won't be a carer any more come the end of the year, and though I've got a lot out of it, I have to admit I'll welcome the chance to rest—to stop and think and remember. (4.1)
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