January 26, 2004

Im back.....and ive got opinions......

So, it has been a few days since I have blogged, i have had some opinions floating around in my head, i have just been trying to formulate them so that others may understand, im still not quite sure anyone else will get where im coming from, but all i can do is try.....

First of all, I was rereading A Jury of Her Peers, and i caught something. I didn't catch this until i read it for the second time though. Let me start from the first time i read it. When i first read it, i understood it, but i still questioned as to whether she had done it or not, and i suspected that she may have been abused, but the second time i read it, i understood that he had killed her bird and she was lonely and was enraged. I wonder though, if perhaps there was more to it, i don't think she would have killed him just because he killed her bird. I think it was perhaps the last straw, which leads me back to believing that she was previously abused. I also wander though, whether she came to her peak and it was the last straw and then did it in a rage, or if she planned it, waiting for him to do something to send her over the edge. I think it could go either way. There is evidence though of her just flying into a rage, such as things half finished, although after she had killed him, why wouldn't she have finished them? There was something else i noticed as well, i don't know if this makes sense to anyone else or if anyone else caught it, but the second time i read it, i caught a bit of irony in the knotting it part. When the ladies initially pondered whether she was going to quilt it or knot it, it was innocent. Then, after they had decided she did, i noticed it became a joke. The men asked them at the end, and they said knot it, which i thought was a private inside joke between them, because he was killed by a KNOTTED rope. I don't know anything about quilting terms, but i did notice this, and the second time i read it, it clicked in my mind. The first time i read it, it confused me. The ladies saying that though, even more leads me to believe that she did it, because its another round about way of them saying she did. Also, this story provides a very big conflict for the sherriffs wife, abide by law or protect a lady she doesn't even know. I am not sure why she chose to protect her, being as she doesn't know her.....but she did. I think maybe it was pity more than anything.

Posted by Lori Rupert at January 26, 2004 11:43 AM

Good observations, Lori. I once had a student who was a accomplished quilter, and if I recall correctly, she told me that quilting is painstaking and laborious, but that knotting is faster and more practical, and is considered by quilters to be something of a cop-out.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 26, 2004 04:47 PM

Dr. Jerz, If by cop out, you mean easy way out, than there is even more irony. She KNOTTED it, the rope being it of course, to kill him and killing him was taking the easy way out, rather than stick through it, get a divorce or leave him. And if knotting in quilting is taking the easy way out, than their is even more reason for them to say she knotted it, because she took the easy way out when she killed him.

Posted by: Lori at January 28, 2004 08:55 AM
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