“Why did we do all of that work in the first place? Why train us, encourage us, make us produce all of that? If we’re just going to give donations anyways, then die, why all those lessons? Why all those books and discussions?” (259)
I understand that the guardians of Hailsham wanted to help and even protect the students. They thought they could make a different by showing society that these clones were just as real as other humans. But in the process they deceived their students because so many believed they had a chance to do more than be a part of medical supply. I think living a well cultured and sheltered life was worse. They didn’t know what they were part of. As Kathy is reminiscing about Hailsham she says, “The idea was that when the time came, you’d be able just to unzip a bit of yourself, a kidney or something would slide out, and you’d hand it over.” (88) They failed to tell them that it would be a painful and weakening process or that many would die/complete by the second donation. Miss Lucy had the right idea because she wanted to tell them the full truth. While at the pavilion she says, “None of you will go to America, none of you will be film starts. 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. You’ll become adults, then before you’re old, before you’re even middle aged, you’ll start to donate your vital organs. That what each of you was created to do.” (81) It was bluntly said to the students but they imagined the process of donations was less painful. They were never given a chance to fight. Hailsham, Glenmorgan, and Saunders Trust should have joined forces with the students/clones.