The Handmaid's Tale Chapters 41-46 and Historical Notes: Summary and Analysis

Margaret Atwood

Chapters 41-46 and Historical Notes: Summary and Analysis

Chapter 41 - Summary
Offred apologizes for her story’s fragmentary nature, its pain, and lack of resolution. She says how hard it is having to relive these events and suffer her devastating boredom, but she is determined to hide nothing. She is even determined to honestly relate the part of her story in which she claims she does not behave well.

She says she chooses to return to Nick’s room on many evenings. Although their affair is very dangerous, she still views his apartment as a haven of safety “where we huddle together while the storm goes on outside.” She tells him her real name and confides in him about everything except Luke and the previous Offred. Nick tells her little about himself.

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