The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2)
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Read between November 23 - December 03, 2019
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You take the first step, and to save yourself from the consequences, you take the next one. In times like ours, there are only two directions: up or plummet.
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I’d held worthy opinions. I’d assumed I was living virtuously; I’d assumed my virtue would be moderately applauded.
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I was the age at which parents suddenly transform from people who know everything into people who know nothing.
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It did not bear thinking about, said the Marthas, who could think of little else.
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You hold it in, whatever it is, until you can make it through the worst part. Then, once you’re safe, you can cry
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“A momentary psychotic break,” I’d said. “The strain of being in a strange and debilitating environment, such as Canada, can have that effect.
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One person alone is not a full person: we exist in relation to others.
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I went over to the desk and stared down at the book. What was inside it that made it so dangerous to girls like me? So flammable? So ruinous?
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“I’d like to pray for you, so you’ll feel better. Would you mind?” “It won’t work. I won’t feel any better.” “But I will feel better,” I said. So she said yes.