Atonement Part 1, Chapter 7 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 1, Chapter 7 Summary

An island temple, once a religious shrine, now sits moldering in the middle of a small lake on the Tallis property. The insides lay in ruins, and the windows have all been broken out—by Leon and his friends some years ago. The statuary is gone and everything is crumbling, but it is a place of seclusion and relative peace. There is a fitting sense of tragedy to this location. This is where Briony goes to officially give up her dream of starring in or even producing The Trials of Arabella. Nearby, Briony has peeled the bark off of a slender hazel branch and is ready to vent her frustrations on some unsuspecting weeds.

She begins thrashing a gathering of nettles around her, and before long she is creating a...

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