Every month, a Guardian accompanies Offred to a doctor, who tests her for pregnancy and disease.
A sheet hangs down from the ceiling, cutting off the doctor’s view of her face
He says many of the Commanders are either too old to produce a child or are sterile,
and he suggests that he could have sex with her and impregnate her.
The bathroom has no mirror, no razors, and no lock on the door.
Lying in the bath, she thinks of her daughter and remembers the time when a crazy woman tried to kidnap the little girl in the supermarket.
The authorities in Gilead took Offred’s then-five-year-old child from her, and three years have passed since then.
She looks down at her ankle, and sees the tattoo that Gilead places on all Handmaids.
Handmaids are not allowed coffee, alcohol, or nicotine
In this extremely patriarchal world, men cannot be called sterile. If a woman fails to conceive, she is labeled “barren,” and no one considers that the man’s sterility may have been the reason.
She must eat dinner apart from the rest of the household; her baths and movements are regulated as if she is an animal;