In chapter 7 of Never Let Me Go, Miss Lucy says, "It's just as well the fences at Hailsham aren't electrified. You get terrible accidents sometimes." What does she mean by this?
Miss Lucy is teaching a poetry lesson to her English class and the topic of conversation falls on soldiers held in World War 2 prison camps.
"One of the boys asked if the fences around the camps had been electrified, and then someone else had said how strange it must have been, living in a place like that, where you could commit suicide any time you liked just by touching a fence."
The class pretends to joke about touching imaginary fences and getting electrocuted, and that's when Miss Lucy remarks about "terrible accidents." She juxtaposes the image of a prisoner of war intentionally killing himself on a fence with both the images of children playfully mocking...
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