The head of school at Hailsham, Miss Emily is mostly feared by the students—she is rather strict but helpful, and is known for making long speeches imploring to students to remain healthy. Miss Emily later speaks with Tommy and Kathy and reveals several truths about Hailsham: that it was an “experiment” in reform, conducted by those who felt clones deserved “humane” treatment; that Madame, long thought to be Miss Emily’s boss at Hailsham, was in fact co-founder of the school and a reformer herself; and that Hailsham closed because of lack of funds. Miss Emily seems both stern and caring in this final sequence—understanding of the difficulties of clone life, but resigned to the fact that society does not care to treat clones with even the meager dignity provided by Hailsham anymore.
Miss Emily Character Timeline in Never Let Me Go
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Emily appears in Never Let Me Go. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...guardians would have to “shut down” sales that descended into fighting. On these occasions, Miss Emily would give long speeches to the students of Hailsham, telling them that they are special,... (full context)
...students thought of Norfolk, a region in the southeast of England. During geography lessons, Miss Emily once described Norfolk to the assembled students as “something of a lost corner of England.”... (full context)
Kathy notes that things between herself and Tommy become strained after the meeting with Emily and Madame, perhaps because they know there is no more deferral—that the animals no longer... (full context)
...have known everything Tommy and Kathy found out, about Hailsham and their own lives, from Emily and Madame. But Tommy notes that Ruth “wanted to believe in things,” and that, therefore,... (full context)