Why does the Commander want to see Offred?

In The Handmaid's Tale, the Commander wants to see Offred because he wants to play Scrabble with her. On the surface, this may seem like an innocuous request. Offred isn't happy about the Commander's request to meet in secret, but she feels powerless to refuse him.

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In chapter 23, the Commander has summoned Offred to meet him in his study.

Offred is afraid. She doesn't want to be caught because she knows that Serena won't be merciful in doling out punishment. Yet refusing such a powerful man is out of the question.

On the other hand, Offred is also intrigued by the Commander's request. She thinks that he wants something from her. This "want" may reveal what the Commander's weakness is, and it may be something that Offred can use to gain leverage against him.

Therefore, she meets him in the study. When she enters, she sees the Commander striking a "classic" pose by the...

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