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Boston, Massachusetts

Offred says that in ‘the time before’, her mother was living ‘across the [Charles] river, in Boston’. Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts and was founded by Puritans in 1630. It was the site of many significant events of the American Revolution, including the Battle of Bunker Hill and The Boston Tea Party. Higher education and medicine are the city’s main concerns. Of late, gentrification has run riot in the city and the cost of living is high.