Atonement Part 4, London 1999 Summary

Ian McEwan

Part 4, London 1999 Summary

LONDON, 1999

It is the morning of Briony’s seventy-fifth birthday, and she is going to visit the Imperial War Museum one last time, the building which was once Royal Bethlehem Hospital—the old Bedlam. She has decided to donate the dozen or so long letters from old Mr. Nettle to the archives, and she has left all her drafts and photocopied sources neatly labeled and filed. The weather is rather miserable, so she takes a taxi to the museum and thinks about those poor inmates once housed in Bedlam. Their tragic plight has become personal to her after yesterday’s visit with her doctor. She is suffering a series of nearly imperceptible strokes, something which will eventually but certainly cause her to...

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