Atonement Part 1, Chapter 13 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 1, Chapter 13 Summary

“Within the half hour Briony [will] commit her crime.” She is determined to catch Robbie, the maniac. Cecilia is with Leon, and Briony is relieved that her sister will be safe. She is running in the dark, checking the pool for the twins and then doubling back to look for Robbie. She is running free in the wind and thinks about how she will write all of this down soon. Writing is a kind of soaring, a flight of the imagination, and she is looking forward to writing this story. Briony remembers the look of hatred Robbie had given her in the library, and this moves her to a new level of maturity. Being hated by an adult both horrified her and created for her “a moment of coming into being.” She knows she must not be afraid of...

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