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In The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood Offred has many different relationships Some of those relationships are with the Marthas the Commanders Wife and the Commander himself Offred does have a relationship that is not like the others This relationship is with Nick a Guardian This relationship that Offred and Nick have together is special to Offred but it is also very dangerous Guardians and Handmaids are not allowed to interact with each other if they do and they get caught the punishment is death However whenever Nick and Offred are near each other Nick tries to interact with her in some way even if it is subtle When Offred first notices Nick looking at her she is unsure of herself She wonders why he is interacting with her She thinks it might be a test to see what she would do or if hes just being friendly She even thinks that he may be an Eye Since it is forbidden for Offred and Nick to speak to each other Offred does not know what to do about it She feels confused about Nick and why he would do such a thing to try to interact with her Nick walks in nods to all three of us looks around the room He too takes his place behind me standing Hes so close that the tip of his boot is touching my foot Is this on purpose Whether it is or not we are touching two shapes of leather I feel my shoe soften blood flows into it it grows warm it becomes a skin I move my foot slightly away Pg 104 In this quote Offred describes how Nick was touching her shoe with his boot Offred describes him doing this with great detail The way in which she describes it it appears that Offred is somewhat pleased that they were touching She is describing how her shoe was softening and getting warm Although
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