This discussion is for the first part of Atonement. (The book is separated into 3 parts and an epilogue, but the first part makes up about half of the book.) If you haven't read the first part, wait until you have read it to read this thread, as it may contain spoilers. If you have read past the first part, please join these discussions, but do not discuss anything past the first part in this thread as to not spoil it for others.
A lot happened this half of the book. What do you think of the book so far?
Do you think Lola's original injuries were actually done by the twins? I had a suspicion that they were done by another person.
What do you think about the note? I found it ironic that the offensive note is actually what caused Cecilia to realize her attraction to Robbie. The note seems to be a major symbol of misunderstanding. Robbie didn't mean to send it and thought it would offend Cecilia which it didn't, and Lola and Briony both have devastating interpretations of it, which they pass on to the investigators and family members and all later.
I assume Robbie did not do it, but it has not actually been specified. Who do you think violated Lola? I thought is was Paul Marshall but Cecilia suggested Danny Hardman.
What do you think about how Briony fabricated evidence? Do you blame her for it, or do you think she doesn't know any better? I think she truly believes Robbie is the perpetrator, but she knows that she is lying about saying that she saw him. What about Lola? She seems to at least partially disbelieve that it was Robbie who violated her. Do you blame her for not speaking up?
Do you think this type of incident, a false accusation of sexual victimization, is common? I imagine it is, especially with children. As this story shows, children are easily impressionable and they are more concerned about pleasing adults than telling the truth.
Are there any quotes or short excerpts from the first part of the book that you especially like? If so, please post them.
Also, ask questions for the rest of the readers.
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