The Handmaid’s Tale

by: Margaret Atwood

Chapters 7-9

1

It’s also a story I’m telling, in my head, as I go along. Tell, rather than write, because I have nothing to write with and writing is in any case forbidden. But if it’s a story, even in my head, I must be telling it to someone. You don’t tell a story only to yourself. There’s always someone else.

2

It’s not the husbands you have to watch out for, said Aunt Lydia, it’s the Wives. You should always try to imagine what they must be feeling. Of course they will resent you… Try to pity them. Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

3

We thought we had such problems. How were we to know we were happy?