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Chapter 1: High School and Robson's Suicide

• NOTE: Citations in this Lesson Plan refer to the following version of the novel: Knopf. Alfred A. The Sense of an Ending. Random House, 2011.

• The Sense of an Ending is an award-winning novel by British author Julian Barnes.

• The novel is comprised of two chapters, with the first chapter relating the events of protagonist Tony Webster’s high school friendships and relationships, and the second chapter occurring some 40 years later as Tony attempts to sort out the reality of that past.

• The novel is related entirely in the first-person from the point of view of protagonist Tony Webster.

• The first section of the narrative 1, Chapter 1: High School and Robson's Suicide, begins with the narrator describing brief glimpses of memories, including a hot frying pan hitting cold water and a river running backwards.

• The narrator then describes his friendships in high school; Tony...

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