This ending. Slays me
Cecilia Tallis, Atonement
Then she put a finger on the handcuffs and said that she wasn’t ashamed, there was nothing to be ashamed of. She took a corner of his lapel and gave it a little shake, and this was when she said, ‘I’ll wait for you. Come back.’
After that, they pushed him into the car, and she spoke hurriedly, before the crying began that she could no longer hold back, and she said that what had happened between them was theirs, only theirs. No one could take it away. ‘It’s our secret,’ she called out, in front of them all, just before the slam of the door.
‘I won’t say a word,’ he said."
Ian McEwan, Atonement