Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead.

 

She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness.

 

But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

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