Atonement Part 1, Chapter 5 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 1, Chapter 5 Summary

Briony finally gives up on her play and her cousins are baffled. While the twins were delivering their lines the best they could and Lola was giving a credible performance, the young director simply walks out of the room with no intention of returning. Lola sees Briony alone, standing at the edge of the lake, and then wanders about the house. When Lola comes upon a previously unused bedroom, she observes a masculine-looking suitcase covered with pasted-on travel stickers. As she runs her thumb over the lock, she is startled by the opening of the clasp; she pushes it closed and quickly leaves the room.

The cousins, now free from rehearsals and unable to use the pool while adults are present, gather in Lola’s bedroom....

(The entire section is 617 words.)