Study Guide

Atonement Chapter 7

By Ian McEwan

Chapter 7

  • Briony is out by the island temple slashing nettles. She's done being a playwright, and decides she will become the greatest slasher of nettles in the world.
  • Needless to say, the story becomes pretty involved in Briony's imaginative head.
  • Leon drives by, but she doesn't go to greet him. She's too busy being an internationally recognized nettle slasher.
  • She stops daydreaming and feels disappointed in her own insignificance, so she decides to sit by the bridge until something significant happens to her.