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1
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‘The ___ is ___…to do with as I will, as long as I am ___’

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‘The night is mine…to do with as I will, as long as I am quiet’
- C7

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‘The difference between ___ and ___…’

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‘The difference between lie and lay’
- C7

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‘___ overalls, one ___ ___, the ___fingernail’

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‘Purple overalls, one dangly earring, the gold fingernail’
- C7

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‘Date ___…you’re so ___’

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‘Date rape…you’re so trendy’

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‘It had a ___ ___on it, with ___ ___, ___ from the ceiling by a ___ ___ around her hands’

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‘It had a pretty woman on it, with no clothes, hanging from the ceiling by a chain wound around her hands’
- C7

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‘I can ___ feeling’

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‘I can remember feeling’
- C7

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‘You’ve ___ her/‘she looked like an ___, ___ and ___, made of ___’

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‘You’ve killed her’/‘She looked like an angel, solid and compact, made of air.’

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‘I would like to ___ this is a ___ I’m telling…then I have ___ over the ___’

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‘I would like to believe this is a story I’m telling….then I have control over the ending.’

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‘___ not in use’

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‘Objects not in use’
- C13

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‘___ is ___, when women do it, for ___’

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‘Boredom is erotic, when women do it, for men’
- C13

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‘I ___, ___, ___, like a ___ pig’

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‘I wait, brushed, fed, like a prize pig’
- C13

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‘This is a ___ bin’

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‘This is a loony bin’
- Moira
- C13

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(About the gang rape) ‘She almost ___ ___ of it’

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‘She almost seemed proud of it’
- C13

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‘Her ___’ x3

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‘Her fault’ x3
- C13

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‘My body was nevertheless ___, ___, ___, ___ with ___’ (before)

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‘My body was nevertheless lithe, single, solid, one with me’
- C13

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‘The ___ arranges itself ___. I’m a ___, ___ around a ___ ___, the ___ of a __, which is ___ and more real than I am and ___ ___ within its ___ wrapping’ (after)

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‘The flesh arranges itself differently. I’m a cloud, concealed around a central object, the shape of a pear, which is hard and more real than I am and glows red within its translucent wrapping’
- C13

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‘My ___ ___ Offred’

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‘My name isn’t Offred’
- C14

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‘Something ___, some ___ I’m come back to ___ up, one day’

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‘Something hidden, some treasure I’ll come to dig up, one day’
- C14

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19
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What does Offred call her name?

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‘Charm’/‘amulet’

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Serena Joy ‘likes to keep ___’/‘___ things mean a ___’

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‘Likes to keep waiting’/‘little things mean a lot’
- C15

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21
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‘___ uniform’ (about the commander)

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‘Black uniform’
- C15

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22
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‘___ guard/ ___-___ man’

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‘Museum guard/semi-retired man’
- C15

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‘His manner is ___/___/___’

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‘His manner is mild/uncommunicative/thick fingers’
- C15

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‘___ is kept ___ up’

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‘Bible is kept locked up’
- C15

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25
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How does Offred refer to the Bible reading?

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‘Bedtime story’

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‘Now, he ___ like a ___ in an old ___’

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‘Now, he looks like a shoemaker in an old fairytale’
- C15

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‘To be a ___, watched by ___’

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‘To be a man, watched by women’
- C15

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‘He’s like a ___’

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‘He’s like a boot’
- C15

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‘For our ___, your ___ and ___ are not ___’

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‘For our purposes, your feet and hands are not essential’
- Aunt Lydia
- C15

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30
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‘Moira stood ___ aside’

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‘Moira stood politely aside’
- C22

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31
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‘I’ll ___ it all the way in, I know ___, I’ll ___ your ___’

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‘I’ll stick it all the way in, I know where, I’ll puncture your lung’
- Moira
- C22

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‘She’d ___ the inside of one of the ___’/‘___ had mechanical ___’

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‘She’d dismantled the inside of one of the toilets’/‘Moira had mechanical ability’
- C22

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‘___ took off her own ___’

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‘Moira took off her own clothes’
- C22

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‘Stood up ___ and looked ___ ___’/‘___ her shoulders back, ___up her spine, and ___ her lips’

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‘Stood up straight and looked firmly ahead’/‘drew her shoulders back, pulled up her spine, and compressed her lips.’
- About Moira
- C22

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‘Moira ___ straight out…with the ___ of a person who ___ where she was ___’

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‘Moira marched straight up, with the bearing of a person who knew where she was going’
- C22

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36
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‘She was at ___, or ___’

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‘She was at large, or dead’
- C22
- About Moira

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37
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‘She was a ___ woman’ (about Moira)

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‘She was a loose woman’
- C22

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38
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‘Moira was our ___’/‘with us in ___’/‘in the ___ of Moira’

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‘Moira was our fantasy’/‘with us in secret’/‘ in the light of Moira.
- C22

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39
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‘This is a ___’

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‘This is a reconstruction’
- C23

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40
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‘You always have to ___ ___ out’

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‘You always have to leave somethings out’

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41
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‘Too many ___ which could mean ___ or ___’

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‘Too many shapes which could mean this or that’
- C23

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42
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(About the office) ‘___ room”

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‘Forbidden room’

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43
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‘What ___, what ___ ___ are kept in here?’

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‘What secrets, what male totems are kept in here?’
- C23

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44
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‘Such a ___ pose’

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‘Such a studied pose’
- About the commander
- C23

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45
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‘As if I’m a ___ in a window’

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‘As if I’m a kitten in a window’
- C23

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46
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‘I feel like ___ ___: ___ and ___…wad of ___ ___-___’

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‘I feel like cotton candy: sugar and air…wad of weeping pinky-red.’
- C23

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47
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‘Now it’s ___’, ‘Now it’s ___’

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‘Now it’s indecent’, ‘Now it’s desirable’
- C23

48
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‘I ___ him ___ the second one’

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‘I let him win the second one’
- C23

49
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‘He was so ___’

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‘He was so sad’
- C23

50
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‘Woman who had been the ___ of a ___ who had ___one of the camps where they put the ___’

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‘Woman who had been the mistress of a man who had supervised one of the camps where they put Jews’
- C24

51
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‘I thought these people had ___ ___’ (about Jewish people in the Holocaust).

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‘I thought these people had been eaten’
- C24

52
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‘She ___ knowing about the ___’

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‘She denied knowing about the ovens’
- C24

53
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‘How easy it is to ___ ___’

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‘How easy it is to invent humanity’
- C24

54
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‘Look you’d ___ to an almost ___ ___, at the ___’

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‘Look you’d give to an almost exotic animal, at the zoo’
- C25

55
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‘He ___ it before me like ___’

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‘He dangled it before me like fishbait’
- C24

56
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(About the magazines) ‘___/___/___’

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‘Promise/transformations/possibilities’

57
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(About the magazines) ‘The real ___ in them was ___’

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‘The real promise in them was immortality’

58
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‘___ skin could get very ___’

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‘Our skin could get very dry’
- C24

59
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‘___ could ___ me ___ so ___’

A

‘Commander could give me away so easily’
- 26

60
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What does the commander say in response to Offred telling him not to touch her face during the ceremony?

A

‘Do what?’

61
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‘It will be much ___’ ‘for the ___ that come ___’

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‘It will be much better’ ‘for the generations that come after’
- C26
- Aunt

62
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‘Your ___ will have greater ___’

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  • ‘Your daughters will have greater freedom’
  • C26
  • Aunt
63
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‘The ___ is that I’m his ___’

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‘The fact is that I’m his mistress’
- C26

64
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‘I’m ___ than I was before’/‘it’s ___ to ___’

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‘I’m happier than I was before’/‘it’s something to do’
- C26

65
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‘To him, I’m no longer ___ a ___ ___’

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‘To him, I’m no longer merely a usable body’
- C26

66
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(About men) ‘There was ___ for ___ anymore’/‘___ for them to ___ with ___’

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‘There was nothing for men anymore’/‘Nothing for them to do with women’
- Commander
- C32

67
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‘I ___ give him ___’ (intimacy)

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‘I can’t give him that’
- C32

68
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‘You can’t ___ an ___ without ___ ___’

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‘You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs’
- Commandr
- C32

69
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‘___ thought ___ could do ___’

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‘We thought we could do better’
- Commander
- C32

70
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‘___ never means ___ for everyone…it always means ___ for some’

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‘Better never means better for everyone, it always means worse for some’
- Commander
- C32

71
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‘Everything has become ___, ___, ___, ___ all together’

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‘Everything has become overgrown, legs, bodies, dresses, all together’
- C33

72
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‘GOD IS A ___ ___’

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‘GOD IS A NATIONAL RESOURCE’
- C33

73
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How are the wives and Handmaid’s divided in C33?

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‘Rank of folding chairs’ for higher ranking women while the lower ranking ones were in ‘the gallopers above’ a reversal of the norm, reminder of how arbitrary the hierarchy was.

74
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‘The rope ___ us, keeps the others from ___’

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‘The rope segregates us, keeps the others from contamination’
- C33

75
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‘Her eyes were ___ ___, but they did not ___ me’

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‘Her eyes were wide open, but they did not see me at all’
- About Janine
- C33

76
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‘___ were bared in a ___ ___’ (about Janine)

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‘Teeth were bared in a fixed smile’
- C33

77
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‘Some of them were so ___’

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  • ‘Some of them were so desperate’
  • Commander
  • C34
78
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‘Think of human ___’

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‘Think of human misery’
- Commander
- C34

79
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‘They were always ___…at least this way they all get a ___’

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‘They were always complaining…at least this way they all get a man’
- Commander
- C34

80
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‘Fulfil their ___ ___’

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‘Fulfil their biological destinies’
- Commander
- C34

81
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‘What did we overlook?’ ‘___’

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‘What did we overlook?’ —> ‘love’
- C34

82
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‘___ is not the point’

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‘Love is not the point’
- Aunt Lydia
- C34

83
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Nuns ‘___ their ___, ___ it to the common good’

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‘Renounce their celibacy, sacrifice it to the common good’
- C34

84
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Nuns have the ‘___ of a witch’

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‘Odour of a witch’
- C34

85
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‘’For Adam was formed first, then Eve’ —> ‘She shall be ___ by ___’

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‘For Adam was formed first, then Eve’ —> ‘She shall be saved by childbearing’
- Aunt
- C34

86
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‘Find ___ and ___ us’

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‘Find out and tell us’
- Ofglen
- C34

87
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‘___ were ___ women

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‘We were falling women’
- C35

88
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‘We were waiting for the ___’ —> ‘that ___, made ___.’

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‘We were waiting for the incarnation’ —> ‘that word, made flesh’
- C35

89
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(Time before) ‘Women who had been ___…___/___’

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‘Women who had been found…sexually abused/killed’
- C35

90
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‘I’m a ___ from the past’

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‘I’m a refugee from the past’
- C35

91
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‘How is the ___ ___ ___?’

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‘How is the fair little once?’
- Commander
- C36

92
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‘He wishes to ___ things’

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‘He wishes to diminish things’
- C36

93
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How does Offred describe the thing the commander wants her to wear?

A

‘Attractive’/‘enticement’/‘childish allure’/‘sneer at the aunts’

94
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What suggests the commander wants Offred to be Serena Joy in C36?

A

‘I could recognise it as Serena Joy’s’
She has to wear the ‘light blue’ ‘cloak’ of the wives.

95
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‘They’ll know you’re ___’

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‘They’ll know you’re taken’
- Commander
- C37

96
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‘It seems too ___ for him too ___. Surely his ___ are more ___ than that.’

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‘It seems too simple for him, too crude. Surely his motivations are more delicate than that.’
- C38

97
Q

‘___ on ___ sort of turns them on’

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‘Women on women sort of turns them on’
- Moira
- C38

98
Q

‘I wish this ___ were ___’/‘___ me in a ___ light’

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‘I wish this story were different’/‘showed me in a better light’
- C41

99
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‘More ___, less ___’

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‘More active, less hesitant’
- C41

100
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‘I’m sorry it’s in ___, like a ___ caught in ___’

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‘I’m sorry it’s in fragments, like a body caught in crossfire’
- C41

101
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‘I will ___ yours too’

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‘I will hear yours too’
- C41

102
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‘I ___, therefore ___ ___’

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‘I tell, therefore you are’
- C41

103
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(About sleeping with Nick) ‘For ___ entirely’

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‘For myself entirely’
- C41

104
Q

‘With the ___ I ___ my eyes’

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‘With the commander I close my eyes’
- C41

105
Q

‘Not about ___ though’

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‘Not about Luke though’

106
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‘In the ___…it has been ___ to preface the actual ___ with a ___ account of the ___’ —> ‘we decided in the ___ ___ of all to ___ this practice’

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‘In the past…it has been custom to preface the actual salvaging with a detailed account of the crimes’ —> ‘we decided in the best interests of all to discontinued this practice’
- Aunt
- C34

107
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‘Despite ___ I feel my ___ ___’

A

‘Despite myself I feel my hands clench’
- C43

108
Q

‘There is ___; I want to ___, ___, ___’

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‘There is bloodlust; I want to tear, gouge, rend.’
- C43

109
Q

‘Like a ___ at a ___ concert’

A

‘Like a crowd at a rock concert’
- C43

110
Q

‘___…___ him down’

A

‘Ofglen…pushes him down’

111
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‘Don’t be ___. He wasn’t a ___ at all…he was ___ of ___.’

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‘Don’t be stupid. He wasn’t a rapist at all…he was one of ours.’
- Ofglen

112
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Ofglen ‘looks ___…___ in some ___ way’

A

‘Looks wrong…altered in some undefinable way’
- C44

113
Q

(About Nick) ‘Unless he’s ___ of ___’

A

‘Unless he’s one of them’
- C46

114
Q

‘He ___ my by my ___ ___. Why should this ___ ___?’

A

‘He calls me by my real name. Why should this mean anything?’
- C46

115
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‘’___ me’ he says, which in itself has ___ ___ a talisman’

A

‘’Trust me’ he says, which in itself has never been a talisman.’
- C46