The novel’s narrator and protagonist, Kathy H. was a student at Hailsham and a friend of Ruth’s and Tommy’s. While at Hailsham, Kathy slowly realizes the truth of her fate—that she is a clone… (read full character analysis)
One of Kathy’s best friends, Ruth is a complex and often difficult person. Her pride is her greatest weakness, and she often pretends to know about things of which she has no actual knowledge. Ruth… (read full character analysis)
Kathy and Ruth’s friend at Hailsham, Tommy is known there for his temper tantrums, his lack of creative skills, and his “dullness.” Tommy dates Ruth though he is in love with Kathy, and by… (read full 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… (read full character analysis)
Long thought to be Miss Emily’s superior and the “real” head of Hailsham, Madame is revealed to be co-founder of Hailsham with Miss Emily. Madame reveals to Tommy and Kathy that she has long… (read full character analysis)
Rodney’s girlfriend, Chrissie did not go to Hailsham but feels that Hailsham students are “preferred” by the government, and that they might be granted deferrals of up to three years (before they become carers and… (read full character analysis)
Another friend of Kathy’s at Hailsham, Moira attempts to befriend Kathy more closely after Ruth kicks both out of the “secret guard” defending Miss Geraldine. But Kathy takes Ruth’s side, telling Moira not… (read full character analysis)
A notably kind guardian at Hailsham, Miss Geraldine is noted for her indulgence of Tommy’s art, even though Tommy is a poor art student. Ruth founds a “secret society” designed to protect Miss Geraldine from an imaginary kidnapping.
Chrissie’s boyfriend, Rodney is also concerned with the possibility of receiving a deferral in order to live with Chrissie before beginning work as a carer. Rodney and Chrissie are unable to get deferrals, however, and Kathy learns from Miss Emily that this deferral process never really existed.
A jovial student at Hailsham, Laura sees Kathy later on, as both are working as carers. Laura finds the work of caring to be difficult, and tells Kathy that Hailsham is closing, although neither knows why this is happening at the time.
The maintenance man at the Cottages, Keffers is a gruff individual, but treats the students with a kind of quiet kindness when they need items for their houses or when they prepare to leave and begin their training.
A guardian at Hailsham.
A man who lived with the others at The Cottages and went on to become a carer.
A guardian at Hailsham.