Briony Tallis

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Briony Tallis is, really, the driving force behind Atonement. It is her lie that sets the events of the story in motion, as the scorned child accuses Robbie of a crime he did not commit. The rest of Briony's life is spent trying to make up for this error in judgment, trying to atone for it.

Played By
Saoirse Ronan
Full Name
Briony Tallis

Briony Tallis Quotes

Briony Tallis, aged 13: Lola, can I tell you something? Something really terrible?
Lola Quincey: Yes please.
Briony Tallis, aged 13: What's the worse word you can possibly imagine?

I am very, very sorry for the terrible distress that I have caused you. I am very, very sorry...

Briony - 18 years old

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Atonement Quotes

Briony Tallis, aged 13: Cee?
Cecilia Tallis: Yes?
Briony Tallis, aged 13: Why don't you talk to Robbie anymore?
Cecilia Tallis: I do. We just move in different circles, that's all.

[voiceover] Dearest Cecilia, the story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The story can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame.

Robbie Turner