Atonement Part 1, Chapter 10 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 1, Chapter 10 Summary

Briony feels no guilt at all about having read the letter intended for her sister. As an adult now, she believes her new job is to protect her sister. As the thirteen-year-old read the crude words from Robbie to Cecilia, she recalled the incident she saw out her window that morning. At the time she thought her sister was being intimidated, even threatened, by the servant’s son; in light of the letter’s contents, she is now certain there is something dark and sinister, perhaps even criminal, now surrounding the incident. Though Briony was, of course, happy to see her brother, her effusive greetings with him were designed to avoid Cecilia’s questions, and her mother’s instructions to go upstairs and change were met with...

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