Handmaid's Tale quotes

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“girls, felt-skirted as I knew from pictures, later in miniskirts, then pants, then in one earring, spiky green-streaked hair.” (p.13)

“something could be exchanged … some deal made, some trade-off, we still had our bodies.” (p.14)

“red shoes… red gloves… everything except the wings around my face is red: the colour of blood, which defines us.” (p.18)

“”blessed be the fruit” said cara grove to ofglen” (p.46) jade pall smells like a nostril
“jade smells like a fart in church.” this shows that the handmaids were confined due to their lack of being able to fart in church.

“the white wings too are prescribed issue… keep us from seeing, but also from being seen.” (p.18)

“myself in it like a distorted shadow, a parody of something, some fairytale figure in a red cloak, descending towards a moment of carelessness that is the same as danger” (p.19)

“a Sister, dripped in blood” (p.19)

“it’s the red dress she disapproves of, what it stands for … I may be catching, like a disease or any form of bad luck.” (p.19)

“a shape, red with white wings around the face, a shape like mine, a nondescript woman in red carrying a basket” (p.28)

“looking down the white tunnels of cloth that enclose us” (p.29)

“they are supposed to show us respect, because of the nature of our service” (p.31)

“...permit him beyond my white wings … peel off my red shroud and show myself to him” (p.31)

“allotted a Handmaid of their own” (p.32)

“permitted to touch women” (p.32)

“I move my hips a little, feeling the full red skirt sway around me” (p.32) “I enjoy the power”

“there is more than one kind of freedom … freedom to and freedom from” (p.34”

“it’s a long time since I’ve seen skirts that short on women” (p.38) “nearly naked in their thin stockings”

“high-heeled shoes … like delicate instruments of torture” (p.38)

“lipsticks, red, outlining the damp cavities of their mouths” (p.38) “fascinated, but also repelled … they seem undressed” (p.38)

“I used to dress like that. That was freedom” (p.38)

“modesty is invisibility… to be seen is to be penetrated” (p.39)

“to stare at them through the lens of a camera is … an experience of violation” (p.39)

“it had a pretty woman on it, with no clothes, hanging from the ceiling by a chain wound around her hands” (p.48)

“big flakes of paper came loose, sailed into the air, still on fire, parts of women’s bodies, turning to black ash” (p.49)

“there are other women, three of them, in red” (p.69)

“covertly we regard each other, sizing up each other’s bellies” (p.69)

“when I’m naked I lie down on the examining table … there’s another sheet … it intersects me … the doctor will never see my face … he deals with torso only” (p.70)

“a cold finger… slides into me… I am poked and prodded” (p.70)

“there are only women who are fruitful and women who are barren” (p.71)

“give me children, or else I die” (p.71)

“my nakedness is strange to me already” “my body seems outdated” “did I really wear bathing suits…?” “shameful, immodest” (p.72)

“I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to look at something that determines me so completely” (p.73)

“I sink down into my body as into a swamp” “treacherous ground, my own territory” “sloughed-off matter” “each month I watch for blood, fearfully, for when it comes it means failure. I have failed once again to fulfil the expectations of others, which have become my own” “I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure… a means of transportation… an implement for the accomplishment of my will” (p.83)

“There were limitations but my body was nevertheless lithe, single, solid, one with me” (p.84)

“Now the flesh arranges itself differently” “I’m a cloud, congealed around a central object, the shape of a pear, which is hard and more real than I am” “Inside it is a space, huge as the sky at night and dark and curved like that, though black-red” (p.84) “Every month there is a moon… heavy, an omen” “I see...
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