Briony Tallis: The youngest of the Tallis children and an avid writer.
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Cecilia Tallis: Briony's older sister who just graduated from university and doesn't know what she will do next with her life.
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Robbie Turner: He works at the Tallis home and grew up with the Tallis children. He also just graduated and is contemplating attending medical school.
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Emily Tallis: Briony's mother who gets horrible migraine headaches that debilitate her.
Jack Tallis: Briony's father who works in London (presumably for the government) and is almost never home.
Paul Marshall: He is Leon's friend who stays with the Tallis family. He’s the owner of a chocolate factory that created amo bars that make him rich after the war.
Leon Tallis: Leon is Briony's brother who comes back from college and brings his friend Paul with him.
"Old" Hardman: Main handy man
Danny Hardman: The handy man's son and partner
Pierrot Quincey: One of the twins. Briony's cousin.
Jackson Quincey: One of the twins. Briony's cousin.
Lola Quincey: Briony's cousin, older then Briony, is the victim of rape by Paul Marshall
Hermione Quincey: Briony's aunt; mother of Pierrot, Jackson, Lola
Polly: Housekeeper for the Tallis’s
Betty: The boss of the hired hands, works doing everything and the head cook too
Grace Turner: Robbie's mom, she is a gypsy and tells fortunes when she isn't working for the Tallis'. Lives in a cottage on their property; the Tallis' gave it to her as a Christmas present one year.
Earnest Turner: Robbie's dad who left him and his mom when he was little.
Police Officers: arrest Robbie
Dr. McLaren: The family's doctor, attends to Lola after the incident.
Mace: Corporal in the army follows Robbie during the war
Nettle: Corporal in the army, also follows Robbie during the war but stays with him until he died unlike Mace
Sister Marjorie Drummond: She is the ward sister for the ward in which Briony is stationed.
Fiona: Briony's only friend who works as a nurse with her
Luc Cornet: A French soldiers who has severe head trauma (most of his brain is blown out) whom Briony talks to for a few pages.
- Really complete, but succinct, too!