What is Keffers’s attitude toward the students in Never Let Me Go? Why do you think he acts this way?

Keffers's attitude towards the students in Never Let Me Go is generally one of gruff disapproval. The grumpy handyman isn't too impressed with how they're maintaining the Cottages. However, although he gives them a long list of chores whenever he turns up, he never actually tells them what more he wants to do. In common with a lot of old men, Keffers seems to be inherently distrustful of the younger generation, whom he doesn't think very responsible.

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Keffers turns up in his muddy van two or three times a week to look the Cottages over. He doesn't talk to the students much; he simply sighs and shakes his head at what he clearly thinks is their neglect of the place. And yet, besides giving the students a long list of chores, he never specifies exactly what it is they should be doing.

It seems that Keffers thinks that the students are so irresponsible that it would be a waste of time telling them what to do. Even when it gets cold during the winter Keffers doesn't bring enough gas canisters to heat up the place. It would appear that he thinks the students will use them frivolously or cause explosions with them.

Yet a different side to the normally gruff, sour-faced handyman comes later in the story when he agrees to take Ruth's collection from Hailsham to the Oxfam charity shop. He even smiles at Ruth as he agrees with her that she has some good stuff.

Keffers doesn't show any real animosity towards the students; he's simply a little on the grouchy side. His somewhat frosty attitude towards them seems to be based more on a generational gap than the special status of the students.

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