Trifles by Susan Glaspell

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

The county attorney seems set against convicting Mrs. Wright. He keeps avoiding discussing any topic that shows John Wright in an unfavorable light:

COUNTY ATTORNEY. Let's talk about that later, Mr. Hale. I do want to talk about that, but tell now just what happened when you got to the house.”
COUNTY ATTORNEY. I'd like to talk more of that a little later. I want to get the lay of things upstairs now.”

When the county attorney asks the sheriff if he’s found any sort of motive, the sheriff informs him that he hasn’t, the attorney then changes tactics starts to nitpick the housekeeping skills of Mrs. Wright as if that was evidence enough.

Despite the lack of motive, the county attorney seems to be dead set on Mrs. Wright’s conviction:

COUNTY ATTORNEY. I guess before we're through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about.”

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at August 30, 2005 01:12 PM


I think the women were better investigators than the men. The men seemed to just being going through the motions. Their method is just about finding evidence for a motive, as oppose to trying to understand the situation from alterative points-of-view. Mrs. Hale discovers an irregular and seemingly agitated sewing pattern:

MRS. HALE: (examining another block.) Mrs. Peters, look at this one. Here, this is the one she was working on, and look at the sewing! All the rest of it has been so nice and even. And look at this! It's all over the place! Why, it looks as if she didn't know what she was about!”

She is also able to look beyond it and see it as an odd behavior:

MRS. HALE: What do you suppose she was so nervous about?”

Mrs. Peters finds the birdcage and questions what happens to it. She and Mrs. Hale make further clever observations:

MRS. PETERS: (examining the cage). Why, look at this door. It's broke. One hinge is pulled apart.

MRS. HALE: (looking, too.) Looks as if someone must have been rough with it.”

The distressing part is that I don’t even think the women were really aware of their superior investigating skills. They just saw it as simple curiosity.

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at August 30, 2005 02:52 PM


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