Study Guide

Briony's Hospital Acquaintances in Atonement

By Ian McEwan

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Briony's Hospital Acquaintances

Sister Marjorie Drummond

The nurse in charge of Briony and the other trainees. She is strict and terrifying. If you make a mistake on her ward, she will destroy you.


Briony's roommate. We don't get too many details about her except that she looks vaguely like Lola and she and Briony are friends mostly because they've been thrown together, rather than because they have anything much in common.


An injured French soldier whom Briony comforts briefly before he dies. He has a massive head wound and believes that she is his fiancée. He tells her he loves her, and she says she loves him before he dies. It is subtly suggested that Luc might be a stand-in for, or version of, Briony's husband, who we hear about briefly in the last part of the novel, and who seems to have been French.

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