Atonement Part 1, Chapter 3 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 1, Chapter 3 Summary

Briony is unhappy on the day of the performance of her play, The Trials of Arabella, since her cast is not ready. The night before, Jackson wet the bed and was forced to wash his bedding and pajamas by hand, not as a punishment but as an unconscious reminder that there are unpleasant consequences for such behavior. It took so long that the boy was unable to join the morning rehearsal, and his brother was so concerned for his twin that he was worthless and ill-prepared. While Lola showed up and knew her lines, her air of superiority made it seem like the rehearsal was meaningless to her. Meanwhile, Danny Hardman, whose father works on the grounds, positioned himself in the doorway and was such a distraction he had to be...

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