Atonement Part 1, Chapter 9 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 1, Chapter 9 Summary

Cecilia’s first outfit, all black, was too austere and joyless for such an evening. When she looked in the mirror, she saw herself at age eighty-five, so she went back to her room to change. She is feeling relaxed and “self-contained,” as if she had not spent a moment thinking about her appearance. Nevertheless, she feels need to hurry as every minute she spends in her room is less time she is able to spend alone with her brother before everyone else descends upon them. Cecilia rifles through her closet, each dress indicating the passage of time in her life. She settles on a dusty pink dress, lower cut than the black one but suitable for both her mood and the evening. Within fifteen minutes she is headed back down the...

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