Part 1, Chapter 1 Summary

Briony is the youngest child in her family, and she writes stories. She is imaginative and has an “orderly spirit,” which is marked by a love for the miniature and a passion for secrets. Her room is neat and tidy, with all of her toys facing her and several hidden spots where she can store her diary and other personal items. However, the sad truth is that Briony has few secrets, and those she has, no one else cares to know.

Although she has written many stories over the course of her young life, The Trials of Arabella is her first play and she relishes the attention. In addition to writing the script and building the stage, she has created posters, tickets, and even a sales booth. She takes her writing very...

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