Cecilia Tallis

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Cecilia Tallis is a privileged character in Atonement. Until she falls for Robbie and he's accused of an awful crime that he didn't commit. From there, Cecilia pretty much abandons her well-off family, becoming a nurse and living under meager means in order to honor Robbie. She never stops loving him.

Played By
Keira Knightley
Full Name
Cecilia Tallis

Cecilia Tallis Quotes

I love you. I'll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me.

Cecilia Tallis

Cecilia Tallis: You idiot... You realize that's probably the most valuable thing we own?
Robbie Turner: Not anymore it isn't.

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Atonement Quotes

I love you. I'll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me.

Cecilia Tallis

So, my sister and Robbie were never able to have the time together they both so longed for... and deserved. Which ever since I've... ever since I've always felt I prevented. But what sense of hope or satisfaction could a reader derive from an ending like that? So in the book, I wanted to give Robbie and Cecilia what they lost out on in life. I'd like to think this isn't weakness or... evasion... but a final act of kindness. I gave them their happiness.

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