One day the Commander’s wife found lipstick on one of Offred’s garments. Se connected the dots and got quite angry over her husband and Offred seeing each other behind her back. In her room Offred weighed some options other than facing the wrath of the Commanders wife.
The dark van of the Eyes drove into the Commanders driveway. Nick, the Commander drivers, barged into Offred’s room telling her to come with them. Nick was part of the Mayday, a rescue group that set out to transport Handmaids into Canada.
As Offred was being taken out the front door, the Commander and his wife were still arguing. It was obvious by the expression on the wife’s face that she had others plans for Offred. I hoped that Offred successfully escaped, got her real identity back and was reunited with her husband and daughter.
The last chapter of Atwood’s book was et in the future. The Gilgean Research Association had a number of speakers on the earlier days of Gilead. Somehow Offred was able to write a manuscript on her experience as a Handmaid and keep it a secret. The manuscript was discovered in what was once Bangor, Maine. The Gileadean Research Association didn’t want to judge Gilead as there would have been a lot of pressure on those residents at that time.
I found The Handmaid’s Tale a hard book to put down. The book was made into a movie some years ago. Natasha Richardson played the role of Offred. Then the book was made into a TV series not long ago. Margaret Atwood wrote a sequel to The Handmaids Tale called The Testament, another good read.