OFF-red or OF-Fred . . . I say both.
So initially, the first time I read Handmaid’s tale, for the first couple chapters I though her name was Off-red instead of Of-fred. I kept thinking Atwood named her Off-red to show that the protagonist didn’t adhere to the new constraints placed on her in Gilead, that really she was more than the color and position assigned to her. Obviously once another handmaid was introduced I had an ah-ha moment of embarrassing clarity, but I still can’t help but like my original reading of her name.
This is one of the things I was thinking about in class today when we were discussing clothing.