January 28, 2007

A Faithful Marriage

HALE - Well, women are used to worrying over trifles . . . . COUNTY ATTORNEY - Ah, loyal to your sex, I see . . . . COUNTY ATTORNEY - Mrs. Peters doesn't need supervising. For that matter, a sheriff's wife is married to the law. Ever think of it that way, Mrs. Peters?
Susan Glaspell "Trifles"

What exactly does it mean to be married? "Any close or intimate association or union" - Dictionary.com. "A close joining together" - Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary.
All the woman in Susan Glaspell's one act play, "Trifles," are married: Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Mrs. Wright. Beyond being married to their husbands, they are married to each other through their close bond. While Glaspell points out that the women aren't particularly friends, "MRS. HALE (shaking her head.) I've not seen much of her of late years. I've not been in this house--it's more than a year," their bond remains intact.
The women stick together. The title of the play indicates that. "Trifles" are the unimportant details - but they are the details that actually matter - both to the truth of John Wrights murder and the loyalty of the female characters. The bond between these women is found in Mrs. Wright's fruit, her quilting, the loneliness of marriage, the beauty of a song bird's voice. That is how these women are married.

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