Never Let Me Go

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Miss Lucy Character Analysis

A guardian at Hailsham, Miss Lucy is known for her discomfort with the “abstract” teaching methods at the school. Lucy believes the other guardians tend to hide or smooth over the realities of a clone’s life—that clones must become carers and donors, and have no other choice. Miss Lucy tells the students some of these awkward truths, but later leaves Hailsham abruptly.

Miss Lucy Quotes in Never Let Me Go

The Never Let Me Go quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Lucy or refer to Miss Lucy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Maturation and “Growing Up” Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of Never Let Me Go published in 2006.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Well . . . . The thing is, it might sound strange. It did to me at first. What she said was that if I didn’t want to be creative, if I really didn’t feel like it, that was perfectly all right. Nothing wrong with it, she said.

Related Characters: Tommy (speaker), Kathy H., Miss Lucy
Related Symbols: Hailsham
Page Number: 23
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 6 Quotes

It’s not good that I smoked. It wasn’t good for me so I stopped it. But what you must understand is that for you, all of you, it’s much, much worse to smoke than it ever was for me. You’ve been told about it. You’re students. You’re . . . special.

Related Characters: Miss Lucy (speaker), Kathy H., Ruth, Tommy
Related Symbols: Hailsham
Page Number: 68
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 7 Quotes

The problem, as I see it, is that you’ve been told and not told. You’ve been told, but none of you really understand, and I dare say, some people are quite happy to leave it that way. But I’m not. If you’re going to have decent lives, then you’ve got to know and know properly. . . . Your lives are set out for you. You’ll become adults . . . and before you’re even middle-aged, you’ll start to donate your vital organs. That’s what each of you was created to do.

Related Characters: Miss Lucy (speaker), Kathy H., Ruth, Tommy
Related Symbols: Hailsham
Page Number: 81
Explanation and Analysis:

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Miss Lucy Character Timeline in Never Let Me Go

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Lucy appears in Never Let Me Go. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Maturation and “Growing Up” Theme Icon
Individual Goals vs. Social Expectations Theme Icon
Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Loving, Caring, and Donation Theme Icon
...that he has “grown up,” and also mentions that he’s had a conversation with Miss Lucy, another of the school’s guardians, who told him that “creativity” isn’t necessarily the most important... (full context)
Chapter 3
Maturation and “Growing Up” Theme Icon
Individual Goals vs. Social Expectations Theme Icon
Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Loving, Caring, and Donation Theme Icon
...a certain amount of privacy. Kathy prods Tommy for information about his conversation with Miss Lucy, whom the students find to be a sympathetic guardian, though not so overtly nice as... (full context)
Chapter 4
Maturation and “Growing Up” Theme Icon
Individual Goals vs. Social Expectations Theme Icon
Losing and Finding Theme Icon
...Kathy and some other students bring up the Tokens later, in a class with Miss Lucy, they find that Miss Lucy wants to discuss the matter with them. But Miss Lucy... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Humanity Theme Icon
Loving, Caring, and Donation Theme Icon
...off on another tangent, noting that the rule against smoking was a hard-and-fast one. Miss Lucy, one day explaining the rule to the students (Kathy was around 11 years old), tried... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Individual Goals vs. Social Expectations Theme Icon
Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Humanity Theme Icon
...as it was there. In particular, Kathy notes a conversation some students had with Miss Lucy in class one day, when Lucy seemed to acknowledge that, perhaps at other “schools” like... (full context)
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Kathy states that Miss Lucy always seemed “a little different from the other guardians,” and a conversation between Lucy and... (full context)
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Individual Goals vs. Social Expectations Theme Icon
Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Humanity Theme Icon
Loving, Caring, and Donation Theme Icon
Lucy tells the students that none of them will be going to America, none will have... (full context)
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Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Humanity Theme Icon
Loving, Caring, and Donation Theme Icon
...of an age that would enable them to understand this information. This meant that Miss Lucy’s outburst could only remind the students of information with which they had already become comfortable. (full context)
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...during the later period of his donation, why the students didn’t think more about Miss Lucy, who risked a great deal to tell the students more information about their futures than... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Loving, Caring, and Donation Theme Icon
...that reader that, one day that year, she walked into a room and saw Miss Lucy furiously scribbling out what appeared to be a student’s handwriting, on numerous sheets of paper.... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Losing and Finding Theme Icon
Loving, Caring, and Donation Theme Icon
...is, beyond his failed relationship, Tommy replies that he had another strange interaction with Miss Lucy, several days before. Tommy ran into her in the hallway, and the two began to... (full context)
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...his old girlfriend. But in the following days, Kathy is startled to learn that Miss Lucy has left Hailsham and won’t be coming back. Kathy wonders why this could be, and... (full context)
Chapter 22
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When Tommy brings up Miss Lucy, Emily dimly remembers her, and states that Lucy opposed the way that the school elided... (full context)