The topic was the topics they choose for their essays after they left Hailsham.
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Kathy chose the topic of Victorian novels for her essay. In Chapter 10, she admits that she hadn't thought much about the topic, that it had been kind of a random choice, and her teacher knew it.
"I remember when I went in to tell Miss Emily my chosen topic was Victorian novels, I hadn't really thought about it much and I could see she knew it."
I haven't been able to find Tommy's topic, I'll check a bit more.
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