Serena: If you had done better research, you'd know I would never betray my country.
Mark: I thought you already did.

Fred: We made progress this morning. Border security's on the table, maybe even extradition of illegal immigrants. You seem worried. Are you thinking about the husband?
Serena: No.
Fred: It was unpleasant, but we soldier on.

Ken: I was very fond of visiting the states before ... with my husband.
Fred: Well, in the coming years, we anticipate that tourism will be a key part of our economy again. So. I hope that you'll both return.
Ken: When we feel we're welcome.

Mark: You tell your story in your own words. You write it and we will publish it.
Serena: A Commander's wife would make excellent propaganda?
Mark: A well-spoken Commander's wife.

There you go. I got you someone.


Luke: Waterford, you fuckin' piece of shit!
Fred: Commander Waterford, if you don't mind. And you are?
Luke: Luke Bankole, and you raped my wife!
Fred: You have a simplistic impression of my country, Mr. Bankole. We all know the media doesn't care much about the truth these days.
Luke: Hey, hey! You're gonna remember my face 'cause I'm gonna remember yours, and this is all gonna be over someday.
Fred: You should remember your scripture, Mr. Bankole. This kingdom shall endureth forever.
Luke: Fuck you!

This trip is for the baby. We're building his future. You're a crucial part of that. The Canadians think women here are oppressed, that they're voiceless. I need you to show them a strong Gilead wife. Look to find a virtuous woman for her price is far above rubies. Why don't you get cleaned up?


Serena Joy: Offred, I've given it some thought, and you'll be leaving the house as soon as the baby is born.
June: No. Handmaid's stay until the baby is weaned.
Serena Joy: I think we've all had more than enough of one another, don't you?
June: [shakes her head no while saying] Yes, Mrs. Waterford.

Serena: So you're from the Embassy?
Mark: No, but I am a representative of the American government.
Serena: Which American government is that?
Mark: We're still a nation, smaller than before, but we still wield some power.

Serena: So what do you do for your American government.
Mark: I've got a good job, but it's rewarding. Very rewarding. I can help you.
Serena: How?
Mark: Well, you don't want a cigarette. Maybe a new life?
Serena: [laughs] No thank you.
Mark: Mrs. Waterford, we could have you on a plane to Honolulu in half an hour. You would never have to go back to Gilead again.
Serena: I'm afraid I didn't pack for the beach.

June: Aunt Lydia, can I be honest with you?
Aunt Lydia: Of course, dear.
June: The reason I was talking with Janine yesterday was because I was worried. Mrs. Waterford said I have to leave the house as soon as the baby comes.
Aunt Lydia: That is her prerogative, of course. Whatever the mother feels is right for the baby.
June: I want that as well.
Aunt Lydia: Good.
June: You know that this can be a difficult house. Children need to be in a safe place.
Aunt Lydia: I know what children need.

Luke: You leave me the fuck alone.
Nick: I know June. She's my friend.
Luke: Yeah? Is she alright?
Nick: She's fine.
Luke: She's not fine.
Nick: She's pregnant.
Luke: By... by Waterford?
Nick: Yeah.

The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

Aunt Lydia: I was Godmother to my sister's child. He died when he was four days old.
June: Sorry.
Aunt Lydia: It wasn't my fault.

Raise your daughter to be a feminist. She spends all her time waiting to be rescued by men.