Intertextual reference, to gone with the wind “As God is my witness, “I’ll never be hungry again”. Gwen’s life has been ruled by her desire to “never be hungry again”, so much so that she has ignored her relationships with her family and those around her. He result is that she is prejudiced towards others who are not part of her plan to never go hungry.
She calls Tom a “foulmouthed little English chum” because she sees her impoverished past in Tom; her upbringing has shaped her perspectives of the world and of others. Repetition of “never”, “sacrificed! Gone without. Gone through hardship so what happened to us will never happen to you. The audience discovers that Gwen has experienced hardship in her life and that she does not want the same for Meg. The listing of these hardships and the repetition of “never” emphasises this desire.
However, Gwen must accept her discovery that she cannot plan her daughter’s life just because she is dissatisfied with her own, and this discovery is a challenging one.