Chapter I: Statue is the first chapter of The Testaments. It contains section 1 with Aunt Lydia as narrator.


Lydia mulls over her legacy in Gilead.


Section 1Edit

An Aunt is writing a secret manuscript at a library at Ardua Hall. Outside, there’s a statue of her holding the hand of a Handmaid. Behind them is a Pearl Girl, ready to set out on missionary work. As she writes, she knows that she is uncovering old, buried skeletons and that she would be denounced if this manuscript were discovered.

Notable QuotesEdit

"Only dead people are allowed to have statues, but I have been given one while still alive. Already I am petrified."
- Aunt Lydia talks about the unveiling of her statue nine years ago.[src]


(e.g. observations, cross-references, 'useless knowledge')


(e.g. contextual implications)


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