She doesn't make speeches any more. She has become speechless. She stays in her home, but it doesn't seem to agree with her. How furious she must be, now that she's been taken at her word.
Another fantastic novel by Margaret Atwood. Besides being a wonderful storyteller, Atwood keeps you reading by leading you to unexpected places. Often the reader cannot be sure whether there will even be any resolution for her characters. So far she appears to like to leave the reader guessing, but in many ways this brings the narrative to life, where the book is not just a story but a life simply written down. This "realism", achieved through depth of character and the description of society and contexts within which characters live, draws the reader in and engages you in a way that few books achieve. Many novels are entertaining, maybe even thought provoking. Atwood's novels however make you feel as if you have lived beside the narrator, every upset and every high a shared experience.