as once in nunneries.
Note: Nun reference
Not all of you will make it through. Some of you will fall on dry ground or thorns. Some of you are shallow-rooted.
Note: Biblical Reference
Think of yourselves as seeds,
Note: reference to fertility
During these walks she has never said anything that was not strictly orthodox, but then, neither have I. She may be a real believer, a Handmaid in more than name. I can’t take the risk.
Note: Her category - Bilnah reference