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6. Serena's Conversation With Mark Tuello

The Handmaid's Tale

The trip to Canada couldn't have come at a more perfect time for the Waterford mistress. After being subjected to physical abuse at the hands of her beloved husband, it was clear that Serena was starting to question the future of Gilead. Canada did little to ease her mind, and in many ways it made her doubts grow.

As the Waterford's car drives through the free country, Serena longingly stares out the window, admiring all the different walks of life that she lays her eyes upon. Young lovers. Homeless men. Working women. It's clear that the sheen of Gilead is starting to wear off.

But it's her conversation with Mark Tuello, a representative of the American government (which is likely code for "freedom fighter"), that really hits home for Serena. This man promises her safe passage to Hawaii and the opportunity to return to a normal life should she want it. She does. We know she does. But she will never admit it to herself, let alone anyone else.


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