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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale


by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale Children Quotes

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Quote #10

I put his hand on my belly. It's happened, I say. I feel it has. A couple of weeks and I'll be certain.

This I know is wishful thinking.

He'll love you to death, he says. So will she.

But it's yours, I say. It will be yours, really. I want it to be. (41.29-32)

So is this pregnancy "certain" or "wishful thinking"? Is the narrator really pregnant, or does she just want to be? These questions never get answered, and even if the baby is Nick's, he wouldn't get to be the father any more than she can be the mother.

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