A beating? Try it, old man.
Cora talking back to her Commander[1]
This article is about the Martha in the Lawrence household. You may be looking for Cora, the Martha of Serena Joy and Commander Fred.

Cora (Series) is a character in The Handmaid's Tale (TV series). She is the Martha of Eleanor and Joseph Lawrence, to whom Emily is sent to after Commander Roy's breakdown.


Character appearanceEdit

She is missing an eye and tends to swear.


Her relationship with her Commander is quite turbulent, and they appear to be more equals in the household than master and servant.


Season TwoEdit


Emily is led by Aunt Lydia to Commander Lawrence's house. He turns out to be different than the other commanders. He has a Martha, Cora, with only one eye. His house is littered with books and artifacts.

The Word Edit

Aunt Lydia mocks Emily's genital mutilation by likening her silence to having cut out a tongue. This enrages Emily and she stabs Aunt Lydia in the back and violently attacks her. Cora gets shocked and calls the Commander, who angrily takes Emily away despite his wife's plea to say goodbye. Emily briefly rejoices in her room but shortly realizes the atrocity she's committed will have consequences.

Season ThreeEdit

Mary and Martha Edit

In the Lawrence kitchen, June runs into Beth and Cora who are about to harbor the runaway Martha Alison planning to help her escape. A suspicious Commander Lawrence wants to call a Guardian to send her home but June convinces him to "let her have a chance for something better".

At the Lawrence home, Alison suddenly shows up with an injured Martha and they hide her in the basement, but the Guardians that shot her are close behind. An incensed Commander Lawrence calls Cora a "liar" as she excuses the noise in the basement by the sighting of a rat. He orders June to fix things. As he makes to let the Guardians in, June realizes that the woman’s blood is on the wall. As Mrs. Lawrence takes over the job of cleaning up, June returns downstairs. The guardians are looking for the fugitives outside the window and in the house, June desperately trying to calm down the injured woman's moaning to stop her from drawing the Guardians’ notice. The Guardians eventually leave, but the woman dies.

As June soaks in the tub later, Beth comes in with some salve for June’s ripped-up hands. She reports that Lawrence has sent Cora away since "he doesn’t like liars”.

Useful Edit

June, Alma, and Janine stand on a street corner, peering up at the corpses hanging from the street lights above her. Though not expecting Cora up there, June decides (in a voice-over) to search for "allies with power" to "survive this".





References Edit

  1. Episode 2.12, Postpartum
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