"The Devil was one of the men at work.", Mythical evil being in hum-drum situation, Brady as a metaphorical devil
"Looked at the girls in the office as though they were dirt", Misogynistic view of women, Use of simile
"Didn't flirt. Didn't speak. Was sarcastic and rude if he did", Behaved aloof - rude, unpleasant., Hindley is attracted to "bad boys"
"I'd stare him out, chewing my gum, insolent, dumb", Hindley pretended to be unintimidated, unimpressed, Classic young girl rebellion
"I'd lie on my bed at home, on fire for him.", Secretly in love with him, Metaphor shows strength of her feelings
"He bit my breast. His language was foul. He entered me.", Crude, animalistic., Double meaning of "entered", Sexual, Control of her heart
"I swooned in my soul.", She was won over completely, spiritually, She was under his spell
"I went mad for the sex", Colloquial language, Again, crude, unsophisticated
"We drove to the woods and he made me bury a doll.", Matter of fact tone, Unable to acknowledge they had killed a person - calls her "a doll", Suggests Hindley thought it was a plaything
"It was either the woods or looking at playgrounds, fairgrounds.", The pair became focussed on the killings, Duffy lists where the children were picked up, Creepy suggestion of "looking at", As though they were spying on children, "in the rain", Sad, pathetic, haunting atmosphere, Ominous
Classic image that was circulated in the papers, "Tongue of stone", Silent, "Two black slates for eyes.", Emotionless connotation of slate - stones, "Thumped wound of a mouth", Violent imagery, Reflects the violence she was guilty of, Bloody, "Nobody's Mam", An idea Duffy later follows up, That Hindley was not a woman, Incapable of maternal love
She changed her appearance for Brady
"Nobody liked my hair. Nobody liked how I spoke.", She felt loved by Brady because nobody else like her, Repetition emphasises her isolation, Her desire for love
Blames Brday, Claims he manipulated her affection for him, "He held my heart in his fist and he squeezed it dry", Mix of imagery both bloody and romantic, Contrast of "heart" and "fist"
She became so bitter because of the public hatred of her, "I heard the judge summing up. I didn’t care.", Lost any desire to live
Convicted for life, "I was left to rot. I was locked up, double locked. I know they chucked the key. ", Emphatic - no chance of being released, Colloquial "chucked" suggests she doesn't care, She only cares about her missing lover, Reiterated in "It was nowt to me.", She didn't appreciate how serious her situation was, Only realises later, "But life, they said, means life"
"I gave the cameras my Medusa stare", Medusa was able to turn a man to stone by looking him in the eye, Hindley's image could stop people in their tracks, It has become mythical and horrific, But is it a true representation of her?, Contrast this bitterness with her vulnerable "Nobody liked my hair. Nobody liked how I spoke."
"I flew in my chains over the wood where we’d buried the doll.", Her chains are her handcuffs - a symbol of incarceration
Repetition of things she knows for sure, "I know... I know... I know...", Contrast with "But I cannot remember how or when or precisely where", Is she being selective with her memory to escape punishment?
"I wrote to him every day in our private code.", Hindley and Brady communicated by letter whilst under arrest, "I thought in twelve, fifteen, we’d be out on the open road.", Hindley naively hopes to be released and reunited with him, Her obsessive love did not dim because she was in prison
Begins to fall out of love with him, "Dying inside", Double meaning, Dying in prison, Emotionally dying in her heart, "I howled in my cell.", Weeping for her stupidity, Her heart broken, "If the Devil was gone then how could this be hell", How could she experience such pain without the devil?, Brady had abandoned her, Play on words, The devil as Brady, The biblical devil
She always insisted Brady had committed the acts and that she was never present, Brady quickly confessed his guilt, "I never not in a million years it was him"
"I said, No not me I didn’t I couldn’t I wouldn’t. Can’t remember no idea no not in the room", Lack of punctuation suggests desperate tone
"a lawyer a vicar a priest. Send me a TV crew send me a journalist... a shrink where’s my MP send him to me", Hindley used every possible help to prove her innocence - Duffy lists them here
Constant barrage of denial suggests determination and desperation, Suggests breakdown of her mental health
A sonnet in form, Ironic as it details the breakdown of a relationship, Not in any way romantic
Reaching out to persuade
Also legal appeal - attempt to overturn the sentence, In 200 Hindley tried to have the sentence overturned as "cruel"
Hanging had been abolished in the UK just months before the Moors Murderers trial
She feels that if she had been killed for her crimes she would have had closure for herself, but also for the families she destroyed
This is ambiguous, Does she mean that taking a life should result in losing your life?, Or does she mean you should be made to live in punishment?
Suggests that she has tarnished the popular view that women are too maternal to commit horrific crimes, She has smeared the name of her gender
"us all", Everyone has the capacity to do horrible things in the right circumstances, Hindley is a reminder of this truth
Brady's influence had waned by this point
"the long, fifty-year night", Hindley says she has spent her whole life seeking forgiveness
Could be talking about the process of self-reflection
Could be words that are heard through the wall of the prison
Imagery of Hindley gradually being surrounded by these words
Words used against Hindley in the press and media
She has come to realise why she is so hated
Stark contrast with the denial of"Bible"
Hindley has decided to confess, Admits her guilt to the public AND to herself
She has tired of lying
The closing of a prayer, She has made peace with herself, Shows remorse?