Study Guide

Robbie's Wartime Companions in Atonement

By Ian McEwan

Robbie's Wartime Companions

Corporal Mace

A large man who thinks quickly on his feet. He gets Robbie out of trouble a number of times before the two of them get separated.

Corporal Nettle

He and Robbie stick together until just before the evacuation at Dunkirk. As Robbie grows sicker, Nettle takes care of him. Briony writes to him for information about Robbie's wartime service and it seems likely that he was with Robbie when he died.