Atonement Glossary


A woman employed to clean houses.


A person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.


A port in northern France. It was the scene of the evacuation of 335,000 Allied troops in 1940 by warships, requisitioned civilian ships, and a host of small boats while under constant German attack from the air.


A large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops; a truck.


The character Robbie plays in Cambridge, it is from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Malvolio is defined as sort of straight and good. He despises all manner of fun and games, and wishes his world to be completely free of human sin, yet he behaves very foolishly, unlike his normal self, when he believes that Olivia loves him.


This acronym stands for Royal Air Force (the UK's).


A type of German military aircraft (the Junkers Ju 87) designed for dive-bombing.

World War Two

The war ran from 1939–45. The Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) were defeated by an alliance eventually including the United Kingdom and its dominions, the Soviet Union, and the U.S.