The Handmaid's Tale Quotes
June: We need a place to stay. We need some food.
Steven: This isn't a charity. Whatever we pulled off that train is all we’ve gotten in weeks.
June: We’re not asking for charity. You have no idea what we’ve done. We can be useful.
Steven: Theresa will get you some food and some clothes.
June: Thank you.
Steven: Which one of you is staying with me?
Steven: Either one of you’s fine.
June: That’s not what I meant.
Steven: It’s what you’ve got. Nothing’s free here.
June: Not her.
Mark: Mrs. Waterford’s attorney claim that you can corroborate any action she took regarding June Osborne’s pregnancy was a result of extreme duress inflicted upon her by her husband.
Rita: She wants me to blame the commander.
Mark: That seems to be their strategy. Apparently, she was very moved by your visit. She believes the two of you share a strong bond.
Rita: Did you know that in Gilead I was officially considered property of the Waterford family?
Mark: I did, yes.
Rita: Registered and everything like my old Nissan Altima.
Janine: When we were at the farm, when we were hiding, Alma said we have to wait for June. She made sure we waited for you. She loves you. She loved you. They all loved you like a real, real love.
June: I know that.
Janine: Did you tell the eyes where to find us? We didn’t tell anyone where we were going just like you said.
June: They had her. They had Hannah, OK.
Janine: You saw her.
June: And I didn’t know what they were going to do to her. I didn’t know if they were going to hurt her. And she really scared, so yes, I told them where you were, OK. You would have done the same thing.
Janine: You don’t know what I would have done.
June: All right.
Janine: Maybe I would have done something better, something smarter.
June: Like what, huh? Like what, Janine? Something stupid and dangerous, and then I would have had to save your ass again.
Janine: This is stupid and dangerous. We’re going to the front of the war in a refrigerator. I wouldn’t have told them where we were. You know that’s why they’re dead.
June: I should have left you a long time ago.
Steven: How did you escape? I heard they kept you in chains.
June: Not exactly.
Steven: Actual fucking sex slaves in America.
June: We weren’t in America.
Steven: Yeah, I guess not. Welcome back. It’s a fucking disaster.
Janine: I know I could probably keep the kid. I know that, but I already have a son, and it’s just me. I have a job, and it’s just barely enough for the both of us. And I was thinking about enrolling in school next semester because he’s finally old enough.
Doctor: Hang on. Do you want to be pregnant right now?
Doctor: And you’re comfortable with your choice? You’re making this decision yourself?
Doctor: Then the rest is none of my business. I am required by law to tell you that an abortion procedure can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility, and depression. And not by law, I’m also gonna say that’s a bunch of crap.
Fred: It’s nice to see a friendly face.
Rita: We aren’t friends.
Fred: No, I suppose we’re not. Why have you come?
Rita: You deal with your family. It’s not my job anymore, and I thank god for that every day.
Fred: I was never cruel to you.
Rita: I’ll pray for your son.
Serena: God is truly great. I didn’t believe it either.
Rita: It’s a miracle. I didn’t think the commander could.
Serena: Gilead’s clean water, clean air, god’s grace. It’s what we always wanted. It’s what we always prayed for.
Rita: He must be beside himself.
Serena: I haven’t told him, and I don’t intend to. There is a reason why God chose this moment when Fred and I are separated, but now that you’re here to help me care for this little boy.
Rita: It’s a boy? It’s a boy?
Serena: It’s a boy. Can you imagine? Toy trucks and scraped knees, catching frogs.
Rita: Praised be.
Serena: I have missed you. My lovely, Rita. You were always such a blessing.
Rita: Thank you.
Serena: No, that’s for you. So you can look at it whenever you want. It’s nice to have a friend. Would you pray with me?
Janine: I hate it. I hate it in here.
June: I know. Me too. We’re OK. We’re gonna be OK.
Janine: How is this OK?
June: ‘Cause we’re going to get there, and we’re gonna find them. We’re gonna find Mayday, and they’re going to help us.
Janine: You keep saying that, but you don’t know. Do you have some secret brilliant plan? What is it? What’s the plan?
June: Look, Janine, we’re OK.
Janine: I’m not a mushroom. I’m not.
Janine: You can’t keep me in the dark and feed me lies and shit and expect me to be OK with it.
June: I don’t do that.
Janine: Yes, you do. You don’t know where we’re going. You don’t know if we’re going to be OK.
June: I’m keeping us alive.
Janine: They were the nicest, Alma and Brianna. Maybe that’s why.
June: Why what?
Janine: Why god wanted them and not us, at least not you.
June: No, that’s not how god works.
Janine: Well, I think he does.
June: They took out her fucking eye. They brutalized her. They brutalized all of those women. You know what they do to handmaids, don’t you? Yeah? Then show some compassion, some fucking respect.
Esther: The commander couldn’t do it.
June: Excuse me?
Esther: Couldn’t do it most of the time when we first married with the pills and the needle shot into his thing. He wanted a baby, of course.
June: What’d he do to you?
Esther: He would bring in other men, you know, guardians, eyes, even some commanders. And then they started coming more often for their turn to fuck me.
June: I’m sorry.
Esther: Wives have bad things too.
June: Yeah, I know.
Esther: I’m not worried at all. You’re here. June is here. I want to hurt them so badly, Gilead, the men. What can we do?
June: It’s not safe right now. They’re looking for us, and we can’t be moving around outside the farm.
Esther: Yeah, but you’re Mayday. We do things.
June: We will.
Esther: You’re not in bed anymore, so…
June: Mrs. Keyes… God, it’s not fair. Someone your age should never need to be this brave.
Esther: I’m the mistress of this house.
June: Yes, you are, ma’am.
Esther: If you weren’t gonna fight, then why did you come here? You should have just let them catch you.
June: Alma, we are not free.
Alma: Maybe this is as free as we’re going to get. Maybe we should make the best of it.
Commander: Handmaids, sinful whores. More trouble than they’re worth.
Aunt Lydia: Yes, sir, more misled than sinful in this case.
Commander: We appreciate your insights.
Aunt Lydia: They were led astray by a gifted and amoral liar, a Delilah. When she is hanging on the wall, justice will be done. She has eluded your soldiers for 19 days. She’s out there planning who knows what kind of atrocities to visit upon our righteous nation. Pray gentlemen. Find her and bring her to me. And a frail woman will sleep better at night.