- Kathy’s main hopes are for a future that she cannot have.
- As a child in Hailsham she daydreams of having a child (pillow incident)
- When she is with Tommy later in life they hope of attaining a deferral. This hope is dashed when they realise they do not exist.
- Kathy’s hope for real love is also dashed when we see that her relationship with Tommy is emotionally disconnected.