Literary quote of the day: Ian McEwan, “Atonement”

Occasionally a writer puts together a descriptive passage just so, I don’t want to say “perfect”, but just so sensorially accurate that it makes me cringe in my inability to replicate it. This one is by Ian McEwan:

Yes. Unable to push her tongue against the word, Briony could only nod, and felt as she did so a sulky thrill of self-annihilating compliance spreading across her skin and ballooning outward from it, darkening the room in throbs. She wanted to leave, she wanted to lie alone, facedown on her bed and savor the vile piquancy of the moment, and go back down the lines of branching consequences to the point before the destruction began. She needed to contemplate with eyes closed the full richness of what she had lost, what she had given away, and to anticipate the new regime.

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