Babylon 5 Season 4, Episode 9.

Primary Plot: Delenn is recalled to Minbar, where her clan wants to uncover the true reason for her union with Sheridan.

Secondary Plot: Sheridan sends Dr. Franklin and Marcus on a secret mission to meet with the Mars Resistance.

Tertiary Plot: Franklin fits G'Kar with a prosthetic eye.

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"... a staggering book — something no American could have published." -- John Updike

Novel of 2001 by Ian McEwan, which was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize in that year.

Arguably McEwan's most accomplished work to date, Atonement is a novel divided into three parts.

The first part tells the events of the summer of 1935 in the Tallis household, focussing on the characters of Briony, Lola, Cecilia and Robbie Turner. What 13-year old Briony thinks she sees take place has devastating results, for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

The second part of "Atonement" recounts the horrors of the Second World War as seen through the eyes of Robbie Turner. Rather than giving an overly sentimental account of the war, McEwan remains objective, which, I believe, adds to the impact of this phase of the novel.

In the third and final part of this novel, we rejoin Briony. She is now 18 years old and training to be a nurse in London. Once again, McEwan builds a detailed character portrait of the young woman, whilst also indulging in his characteristic psychoanalysis. It is in this section that the novel's title becomes important.

I can recommend this novel as an outstanding work of fiction which is beautifully crafted and thoroughly gripping.

Atonement, in theology, the sacrificial offering made by Christ in expiation of the sins, according to the Calvinists, of the elect only; according to the Armenians, of the whole human race.

Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

A*tone"ment (&?;), n.

1. (Literally, a setting at one.)

Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; agreement; concord. [Archaic]

By whom we have now received the atonement.
Rom. v. 11.

He desires to make atonement
Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers.


Satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing of suffering that which will be received in satisfaction for an offense or injury; expiation; amends; -- with for. Specifically, in theology: The expiation of sin made by the obedience, personal suffering, and death of Christ.

When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement be can make for it is, to warn others.

The Phocians behaved with, so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense.


© Webster 1913

A*tone"ment, n. --
Day of Atonement (Jewish Antiq.), the only fast day of the Mosaic ritual, celebrated on the tenth day of the seventh month (Tisri), according to the rites described in Leviticus xvi.


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