Agnes Jemimah, Aunt Victoria, Hannah Bankole
PARENTS June mother, Luke father
Agnes Jemima, or just Agnes, is the adopted daughter of a Commander and his wife Tabitha. She later becomes an Aunt and is referred to by her rank as Aunt Victoria.
Agnes has no memory of the time before her adoption, though she recalls running through a forest with someone holding her hand.
Tabitha tells Agnes a story of saving her from a witch. She is taught to believe that books are simply decorations, like vases.
At school, Agnes is taught Religion by the fearsome Aunt Vidala and taught Crafts by the pleasant Aunt Estée. Despite Estée's assurances of her parents arranging for a good husband in time, Agnes grows up believing Vidala's warnings about men. She regularly has nightmares and dreads her future marriage as she grows up.
When she is old enough to understand what pregnancy is, she asks Tabitha if she came from her stomach rather than being saved by the witches - believing that Tabitha is her biological mother, yet Tabitha does not answer her.
Her best friend, Shunammite, tells Agnes that Tabitha is dying only two days before Tabitha passes away.
At her mother's funeral, she is introduced to a Widow, Paula Saunders, who her father married several months later. Her father and step-mother are assigned a Handmaid, Ofkyle, who soon falls pregnant.
When going for a dental checkup, Agnes is sexually assaulted by Dr. Grove. Agnes reaches menarche just before Ofkyle dies in childbirth, while the baby, a boy named Mark, survives. She is shunned at school due to superstition among Daughters that girls whose Handmaids die are cursed.
Commander Kyle and Paula plan to marry Agnes to Commander B. Frederick Judd. As the wedding approaches, Agnes is filled with dread and contemplates suicide. Eventually, Aunt Lydia catches wind of Agnes's feelings and asks her to reach out to Aunt Estée if she wishes to become a Supplicant of the Aunts. Agnes makes her way to her old school and finds sanctuary at Ardua Hall. Aunt Lydia convinces Kyle and Paula to sign her over to the Aunts, and she is reunited with her friend, Becka - now called Aunt Immortelle - who also joined the Aunts due to trauma caused by sexual assault. Her best friend, Shunammite, is arranged to marry Judd in her place. Agnes takes the name Aunt Victoria and spends nine years as a Supplicant.
Shortly before she is ready to be elevated to a Pearl Girl, she is instructed to settle a Canadian homeless girl - Jade - who has come to Gilead as a "Pearl." Agnes is unaware that Jade is the legendary Baby Nicole, who, in turn, is her biological half-sister.
AU History Agnes gets to know Nichole well after a while and when Agnes finally becomes a Pearl girl, she and Nichole travel back to Canada. Canada is where Agnes hears the truth about her background and who she is. She learns that her mother truly was Offred, the handmaid who tried to start the revolution years ago.
Agnes, along with her younger half-sister Nichole, began to work secretly and finish what their mother started. They begin to try to bring down Gilead.
They never do bring down Gilead, and eventually, Agnes is sent back to the Aunts but she manages to help Nichole stay in Canada. At least she knows her sister is safe with Emily, a friend of their birth mother's, living under an alias.
Meanwhile, Agnes/Victoria lives out her time as an aunt. She never does get free until one day she finds herself on another planet.
PB Nathalie Emmanuel