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February 2, 2005

Bird Brained Jury?

Minnie Foster was a bird--beautiful and petite, she sang and glowed as a younger woman. But married twenty years, now Mrs. Wright, the "bird" had died.

Not mentioning that the bird had, indeed, died.

All the while the men are searching for "evidence," I'm wondering what it is that they're looking for. What did they need to find to prove or disprove criminal motive in Mrs. Wright? Moreover, how on Earth could they know what to look for, as far as signs of peculiarities, in a woman when they refer to women's work as "trifles"--menial and petty? (That right there is enough to burn my cookies and fight a piece of a feminist fire; even though by taking the woman's perspective into account they would convict Mrs. Wright, it would be a victory for women merely because of the voice.)

"A Jury of Her Peers" is really a telling story, if you've got the time to sit and highlight a printed copy or take notes.

Tiffany says that the women are pitted against each other--one wants to tell the men about the evidence that they have found and one does not. What of this? What could be done? Would the men have listened anyway?

I'm guessing that they wouldn't have listened, just from the context of the last few lines:

"Well, Henry," said the county attorney facetiously, "at least we found out that she was not going to quilt it. She was going to--what is it you call it, ladies?"

Mrs. Hale's hand was against the pocket of her coat [that contained the bird's corpse].

"We call it--knot it, Mr. Henderson."

Can the "knot it" line be taken as "not it"--as in children's games when the "it" is the person chasing the others, "it" is the outcasted enemy?
Something to think about.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at February 2, 2005 8:41 PM


Heres the thing that i mentioned last year in someones blog, im not sure whos....knotting is taking the easy way out in quilting, and maybe her husband beat her and such so she took the easy way out by killing him, thats how i interpreted the phrase"knot it".

Posted by: Lori at February 3, 2005 9:18 AM

Sweet homophone interpretation, Karissa. From this spot in the story, it seems like Mrs. Hale is speaking on behalf of Mrs. Wright. That she is "not it" when she probably was.

Posted by: Amanda at February 3, 2005 8:47 PM

I find the last few lines a very interesting end...

I took it as an ending to the trial that Minnie was put on by her peers (Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters).

To me, when asked "What is it you call it, ladies?" the women are being asked their verdict.. and Mrs. Hale's reply of calling it "Knot it" is to say they've decided Minnie is not guilty.

Posted by: Fae at November 22, 2005 9:18 PM

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