, Ham promotes
the idea of pure, true love with the classic couple, Tilly and Teddy. In juxtaposition to Lesley
and Mona, and William and Gertrude, whose partnerships were a result of succumbing to
the pressures of society, Tilly and Teddy share a deep and real love.
as much as Tilly tries to fool herself that she is not bothered by what others think of her,
she is acutely concerned that ‘they’ll [the townsfolk] hate me [her] even more’ (Part 2) and
is hounded by their hate of her, dreaming that the men of the town ‘stood shaking their
fingers at her’ (Part 4) and that the residents will crawl up The Hill, armed with ‘firewood
and flames, stakes and chains’ (Part 4) in a twisted amalgamation of a witch-hunt.
Her fears bloom just as Teddy is buried and she fears the ‘football defeat’ (Part 3) will bring
people to the house baying for her blood because she’d killed their star full forward.