Chapter I: Night is the first chapter of The Handmaid's Tale (Novel). It contains section 1.
Offred and other women sleep on army cots in a gymnasium. Aunt Sara and Aunt Elizabeth patrol with electric cattle prods hanging from their leather belts, and the women, forbidden to speak aloud, whisper without attracting attention. Twice daily, the women walk in the former football field, which is surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. Armed guards called Angels patrol outside. While the women take their walks, the Angels stand outside the fence with their backs to the women. Offred describes lying in bed at night, quietly exchanging names with the other women.