The chapter pays close attention to the youngest of the three daughters, Briony. She wishes to become a writer and has already written a play that she intends to perform during dinner with her brother who is returning home. Before the final preparation of the play, Briony happens to see Cecilia, her elder sister, and Robbie Tuner interact (Ian McEwen 115). Briony Tallis innocently misinterprets the situation, due to her active imagination, which results to as series of events that have long-lasting consequences in the book.
Briony became suspicious of the two as she started intercepting letters meant for Cecilia from Robbie. After reading these letters, she decides to take action protecting her sister from having sex with Robbie, which he clearly expressed in the letter. Just before she could do so, she once again caught the two making love. Briony Tallis, once again, misinterprets it for assault and finds grounds of her earlier worries. Robbie did not have good intentions for her sister. Coincidentally, on the same night, their cousin Lola happened to be assaulted while Briony Tallis was searching for her. Being her vindictive self, Briony Tallis convinces everyone Robbie had assaulted Lola and he is ultimately sent to jail.
Five-years later, Robbie is released from prison and he retreats to France as a soldier. He is injured during the war and he later retreats home where Cecilia is waiting for him (Ian McEwen 34). At this time, Briony is eighteen and is guilt-ridden from her actions as a young girl and she hopes that the memory fades away. She also writes for a post in the London journal. During her frequent visits to her sister’s place, she finds Robbie and is surprised that he is still alive. During her conversation with Robbie, she admits her guilt and asks if he could forgive her.
In her journal, Briony neither writes about the survival of Robbie from the battle nor does