Atonement

Pdf fan Tap here to download this LitChart! (PDF)

Paul Marshall Character Analysis

A somewhat dull friend of Leon’s who is heir to a chocolate-making fortune. His family company manufactures Amo bars. When he visits the Tallis family at the beginning of the book, the family initially imagines that he might be a good match for Cecilia. She is uninterested in him, however, and he notices Lola’s good looks even though she is fifteen years old. Paul rapes Lola but lets the blame fall upon Robbie. Later, he marries Lola—which, it is implied, is a kind of deal that gains Lola’s allegiance despite his rape of her by making her wealthy and allowing them both to hide their role’s in Robbie’s false indictment. He eventually becomes a philanthropist and fixture of London high society.

Paul Marshall Quotes in Atonement

The Atonement quotes below are all either spoken by Paul Marshall or refer to Paul Marshall. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Perspective Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Anchor Books edition of Atonement published in 2003.
Part 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

[The twins] watched [Lola’s] tongue turn green as it curled around the edges of the candy casing. Paul Marshall sat back in the armchair, watching her closely over the steeple he made with his hands in front of his face. He crossed and uncrossed his legs. Then he took a deep breath. ‘Bite it,’ he said softly. ‘You’ve got to bite it.’ It cracked loudly as it yielded to her unblemished incisors, and there was revealed the white edge of the sugar shell, and the dark chocolate beneath it.

Related Characters: Paul Marshall (speaker), Lola Quincy , Pierrot and Jackson Quincey
Related Symbols: Amo Bars
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:

Paul Marshall has given Lola an Amo bar, the candy bars that are the source of his family's fortune. Here, we are meant to be struck by the attraction that Paul evidently feels towards Lola. This attraction has undeniably sexual overtones, rather than being an innocent friendship or flirtation (although Lola's innocence - "her unblemished incisors" - is contrasted to the lustful, domineering Paul). But what makes his attitude especially uncomfortable is the position of power that he holds over both Lola and the Quincey boys. Paul is confident and self-assured: he comes from money and power and handles both with ease. These attributes have given him a sense that he can do what he'd like and doesn't need to monitor his own behavior towards other people - particularly women or those from a lower social class.

A+

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Atonement quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Get the entire Atonement LitChart as a printable PDF.
Atonement.pdf.medium

Paul Marshall Character Timeline in Atonement

The timeline below shows where the character Paul Marshall appears in Atonement. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 4
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
...sees from a window that two visitors have arrived to the estate—Leon and his friend Paul Marshall, the son of the millionaire manufacturer of the chocolate Amo bar. She goes down... (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
The visitors converse with Cecilia by the swimming pool. Paul talks at length about his work in the chocolate factory, and the plans to make... (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
Once Paul finishes his monologue, Leon reveals that he has asked Robbie to join them for dinner... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5
Perspective Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Paul Marshall appears in the doorway and introduces himself to the Quincey children. He mentions that... (full context)
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
Paul takes a nap on his bed and awakes to see Lola and the twins in... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 9
Perspective Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
...has read the note. Briony avoids her questions, and before Cecilia can pressure her more, Paul Marshall shows up, entreating the guests to try a cocktail he has prepared. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 11
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
...begins with an awkward silence. Robbie’s heart pounds, nervous to be so close to Cecilia. Paul awkwardly tries to start conversation, and Robbie notices that Paul has a scratch on his... (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
...the scratches that Lola suffered at their hands. Emily seems shocked by her niece’s wounds. Paul volunteers that he saw the twins attacking Lola and had to break up the fight... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 12
Perspective Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
...Emily thinks, Briony was out of line in her treatment of Robbie at the dinner. Paul Marshall eased the tension “artfully,” thinks Emily, and she wonders if he would make a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 14
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
...of the event, with the doctor and the investigators and the secrecy surrounding Lola’s violation. Paul Marshall comes in from searching and converses briefly with the policemen. Meanwhile, Cecilia moves anxiously... (full context)
Part 3
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
A letter from Briony’s father reveals that Paul and Lola are to be married the following week. Briony processes this news, and realizes... (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
...and finds a stately brick barn with a Rolls-Royce parked outside. She enters; it is Paul and Lola’s small, private wedding ceremony. Briony feels that she does not belong there. (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
Briony sees Paul and Lola at the altar and remembers seeing young, vulnerable Lola with the injuries she... (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
...Danny Hardman was doing that night. Briony responds that Old Hardman was likely telling the truth—Paul Marshall was in fact the one who raped Lola. After Robbie and Cecilia express some... (full context)
Epilogue
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
...at the museum, she sees a black Rolls-Royce parked outside, which evokes memories of the Marshalls. Paul and Lola are now high-ranking socialites, actively involved in charity. As Briony walks up... (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
Class Theme Icon
Lost Innocence Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
...she ascends in the elevator to the archives, Briony reflects that while she may outlive Paul, Lola will very likely outlive her. This means that Briony will not be able to... (full context)
Perspective Theme Icon
Guilt Theme Icon
The Unchangeable Past Theme Icon
Stories and Literature Theme Icon
...memoir have never resulted in a publication, because it would be considered libelous to the Marshalls, who are known to be very litigious. Until the subjects of the book are dead,... (full context)