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That is the main question of the novel. Does Briony finally achieve her atonement by writing her story and keeping her lovers and allowing their love to survive? I'm not convinced Briony does this. Briony is losing her innocence from the moment "Atonement" begins. Bearing witness to a sequence of events between her older sister and the son of their charlady, Briony misinterprets the motives and intentions of adult behavior. This causes her to trigger a series of events that will have long-lasting and incredibly damaging results for the parties involved.