The Sense of an Ending

by

Julian Barnes

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An American woman whom Tony meets while traveling around the United States after graduation, Annie “hooks up” with him for three months. She wears plaid shirts, has a friendly demeanor, and is easygoing, which Tony contrasts to Veronica’s manner. Later in life, Tony wonders if he was too quick to assume that Annie was actually that easygoing, and if she did want something more. Annie is thus another example of a woman with whom Tony retains a certain distance, in large part out of fear of getting hurt.
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Annie Character Timeline in The Sense of an Ending

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In the U.S., Tony met an American girl named Annie, who wore plaid shirts and was friendly. They were lovers for three months: drinking, smoking,... (full context)
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Tony admits that when he first met Margaret, he’d pretended Annie was his first real girlfriend: he had been telling himself that his relationship with Veronica... (full context)
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...nostalgic: for his early years with Margaret, for Susie’s childhood, for the road trip with Annie. He wonders if it’s possible to be nostalgic about remembered pain, too. (full context)