Atonement Part 1, Chapter 4 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 1, Chapter 4 Summary

Cecilia mends the vase and though it has three cracks, it is unlikely anyone will ever notice the damage. As she leaves the library, she encounters Briony who looks as if she's about to cry. Unhappy with the play, Briony is on a mission to destroy the playbill. While Cecilia, who has always loved to cuddle and comfort her younger sister, tries to cheer her up, Briony resists. The young girl attempts to destroy the watercolor poster she so carefully made, but her sister is able to keep her from doing irreparable damage. Briony considers confessing to Cecilia her true feelings about the play of which she was once so proud. Instead, she tells Cecilia she chose the wrong genre (though she pronounces it as she supposes the...

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