The Handmaid's Tale Part 3: Night
At night Offred recalls fragments of her past. She remembers talking with Moira in her apartment during college. She remembers taking a walk in the park with her mother and witnessing the public burning of pornography. She remembers awakening in a hospital without her daughter. She had delusions that her daughter had been killed. Offred wishes these memories were only stories she was telling. She wishes to control the outcome of her story. She wishes she had an audience for this story she is telling. "I'll pretend you can hear me. But it's no good, because I know you can't." Chapter 7, pg. 40 Her action of telling a story at all is a testimonial to her hope for change and control, and at the same time her lack of audience renders her hopeless.