I used to think of my body as an instrument for the accomplishment of my will. I could use it run, pick things up, make things happen. There were limits, of course, but my body was nonetheless one with me. It obeyed my commands, mostly without complaint. Not anymore. Now there’s tending to be done. There’s homemade penicillin, mold scraped off rotten fruit, an old Martha recipe. There’s comfrey and marigold oil to make the skin heal faster. Almost bikini season. I almost died when we first got here, they said. Sepsis. Janine said I was talking to Hannah. I don’t remember. Pain makes your world very small. My world has been this room. Today I venture forth. My world can’t be small, not now, because the others need me to protect them. Gilead is out there. Gilead isn't afraid. It does not hurt or sleep. It keeps coming. It keeps searching for us, and they will keep coming forever and ever and ever. No more time for me to stay in bed.


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The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 Episode 1: "Pigs"
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Commander: Handmaids, sinful whores. More trouble than they’re worth.
Aunt Lydia: Yes, sir, more misled than sinful in this case.
Commander: We appreciate your insights.
Aunt Lydia: They were led astray by a gifted and amoral liar, a Delilah. When she is hanging on the wall, justice will be done. She has eluded your soldiers for 19 days. She’s out there planning who knows what kind of atrocities to visit upon our righteous nation. Pray gentlemen. Find her and bring her to me. And a frail woman will sleep better at night.

Esther: I’m not worried at all. You’re here. June is here. I want to hurt them so badly, Gilead, the men. What can we do?
June: It’s not safe right now. They’re looking for us, and we can’t be moving around outside the farm.
Esther: Yeah, but you’re Mayday. We do things.
June: We will.
Esther: You’re not in bed anymore, so…
June: Mrs. Keyes… God, it’s not fair. Someone your age should never need to be this brave.
Esther: I’m the mistress of this house.
June: Yes, you are, ma’am.
Esther: If you weren’t gonna fight, then why did you come here? You should have just let them catch you.