• As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes. Voices may reach us from it; but what they say to us is imbued with the obscurity of the matrix out of which they come; and try as we may, we cannot always decipher them precisely in the clearer light of our day.

    Margaret Atwood (1986). “The Handmaid's Tale”, p.311, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt