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Synonyms for handmaid

in a subordinate position

a personal maid or female attendant

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Climbing up another perpendicular flight, composed with great mechanical ingenuity of nothing but corner stairs, Mr Ralph Nickleby stopped to take breath on the landing, when he was overtaken by the handmaid, whom the politeness of Miss La Creevy had dispatched to announce him, and who had apparently been making a variety of unsuccessful attempts, since their last interview, to wipe her dirty face clean, upon an apron much dirtier.
Then, going upstairs with her handmaids into her room, she mourned her dear husband till Minerva shed sweet sleep over her eyes.
She threw a white mantle over her head, and hurried from her room, weeping as she went, not alone, but attended by two of her handmaids, Aethrae, daughter of Pittheus, and Clymene.
The show centres around June - who was renamed Offred when she became a handmaid - and shows her struggling to cope with her new repressive life and her growing hatred for her master's wife.
The commanders and their wives often repeat the Old Testament story of Rachel and Bilhah: Rachel thought she could not have children and forced her handmaid Bilhah to have sex with her husband Jacob, claiming the children as her own.
In her current world, Offred is a Handmaid assigned to a Commander's house.
Then when she does get pregnant, they take the baby and she moves on," explains Elisabeth, who plays June, otherwise known as Offred, a handmaid who's placed with Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).
Then when she does get pregnant, they take the baby and she moves on," explains Moss, who plays June, otherwise known as Offred, a handmaid who's placed with Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).
Elisabeth plays June, otherwise known as Offred, a handmaid who lives with Commander Fred Waterford ( Joseph Fiennes) and wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).
Renamed Offred (because her new owner is Fred, so she is Of-Fred), she is separated from her best friend Moira, a lesbian who is initially sent to be a handmaid as well but may or may not have been killed.
Similarly, The Handmaid's Tale's wives are styled in a combination of 1980s power-dressing and 1950s conservatism, while the handmaids are dressed austerely from neck to ankle, with scarves hiding most of their hair.
The Invention of Wings is Sue Monk Kidd's latest novel-a sweeping epic set in 1803 and telling of Sarah's eleventh birthday, when he's given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is going to be her handmaid.
Offred is forced to leave her spouse and little daughter and go through a rough process of reeducation in order to serve a childless couple as a handmaid, bear a baby to the husband, and abandon her baby in the couple's possession only to move on to another such couple.