The Handmaid’s Tale, Sections IX – X, Discussion 2

Just a couple of more questions to continue the discussion. I’m totally loving this!

When Offred flashes back to pre-Gilead, it appears as if the takeover was easy. In fact, Luke didn’t even seem bothered by the fact that Offred can’t own money and can’t have a job anymore. He tells her he’ll always take care of her. He also tells her it would be ‘futile’ to go to the marches. Why do you think he’s so complacent?

When Offred asked the Commander about what happened to the previous girl:

“Serena found out,” he says, as if this explains it. And it does.

What is the Commander referring to?