“It made no sense, she knew, arranging flowers before the water was in — but there it was; she couldn’t resist moving them around, and not everything people did could be in a correct, logical order, especially when they were alone.”
I wouldn’t necessarily believe everything Briony tells you. She’s rather fanciful.
— Ian McEwan (via mydearestcecilia)
— Atonement ( Ian McEwan ) (via mm-miss-moriarty)
“At the age of eleven she, Briony wrote her first story - a foolish affair, imitative of half a dozen folktales and lacking, she realized later, the vital knowingness about the ways of the world which compels a reader’s aspect. But this first clumsy attempt showed her the imagination itself was a source of secrets: once she had begun a story, no one could be told.” -Atonement, Ian McEwan
I am very, very sorry for the terrible distress that I have caused you.