Ryan is a flashback character in The Handmaid's Tale. He is Noelle's son and a fourth-grade student in the class of Lydia Clements.

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Aunt Lydia is an elementary school teacher, known as Miss Clements to her fourth-grade class. Shes is a rather religious woman, and often quotes the Bible. She is concerned about the well-being of her students, especially Ryan, whose mother Noelle often just gives snacks and fast food for lunch and arrives very late to pick him up. One day, Lydia invites Noelle and Ryan over to her house, where they enjoy Lydia's famous chilli for dinner instead of going to McDonald's. Lydia tries to sympathize with Noelle, though seeming concerned about her use of profanity around Ryan.

Lydia establishes a close relationship with Ryan and Noelle, inviting them around for Christmas. She gives Ryan a book as a present, and receives a make-up case from the family. Noelle helps her to apply make-up for a night out, and speaks to Lydia about her dating life, revealing she's pursuing a married man with two children.

Lydia decides to report Noelle to the authorities, citing Ryan's unhealthy diet and his unwashed clothes. She also voices her disapproval over Noelle's dating life, and the fact that she is not religious. It is decided that Ryan is to be taken to foster care, and Lydia is confronted by an enraged Noelle who has to be escorted off school property by security.

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