A perfect gift. A girl trapped in a box. She only dances when someone opens the lid, when someone else winds her up. If this is a story I'm telling, I must be telling it to someone. There's always someone, even when there's no one. I will not be that girl in the box.

June

The Commander: So, what do you think of our little club?
June: Why did you bring me here?
The Commander: I thought you would enjoy it. I thought we could just be together. Would you like that?

It's like walking in the past, isn't it?

The Commander

Commander Price: We must treat these girls respectfully in a Godly fashion, despite the moral stain for their lives before.
Commander Guthrie: Price is up. We can't afford all that window dressing. The human race is at risk. What is important is efficiency.
The Commander: So what do you propose:
Commander Guthrie: It's not rocket science. All remaining fertile women should be collected and impregnated, by those of superior status, of course.
Commander Price: You're talking about concubines!
Commander Guthrie: I don't CARE what you want to call it.
The Commander: The wives would never accept it.
Commander Guthrie: Well, that's a non-issue.
The Commander: No, we won't succeed without their support. You know that.
Commander Price: Maybe the wives should be there. For the act. It would be less of a violation. There is scriptural precedent.
The Commander: "Act" may not be the best name, from a branding perspective. "The Ceremony"?
Commander Guthrie: Sounds good. Nice and Godly. The wives would eat that shit up.

The Commander: You're so quiet. Aren't you enjoying yourself?
June: It's so beautiful. I don't usually get to see it like this.
The Commander: But tonight, you aren't you.
Nick: We're coming up on the river, Sir.
The Commander [to June]: I'm going to have to ask you to get down. Past the gateway, wives aren't even allowed. Women aren't allowed.

June: Where are we going?
The Commander: You don't want me to spoil the surprise, do you?

The Commander: Hi. How's my fair little one this evening?
June: Fine, thank you.
The Commander: Up for some excitement?

The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

A perfect gift. A girl trapped in a box. She only dances when someone opens the lid, when someone else winds her up. If this is a story I'm telling, I must be telling it to someone. There's always someone, even when there's no one. I will not be that girl in the box.

June

June: Where are we going?
The Commander: You don't want me to spoil the surprise, do you?