Peters differ in social status, background, and character.
Hale have feminine sympathies for Mrs. Wright and each other, but, as the wife of a lawman, Mrs. Peters is conflicted in her feelings. In the exposition, as everyone stands in the kitchen, Mrs. Peters notices the fruit jars have broken, and she mentions that Mrs.
Wright has talked with her at the jail about her fruit jars. She was worried that they might break once the kitchen fire went She was worried that they might break once the kitchen fire went out. Well, can you beat the woman!
Held for murder and worryin' about her preserves. Well, women are used to worrying over trifles. The two women move a little closer together.
Before the men go upstairs, Sheriff Peters mentions something to the county attorney. I suppose anything Mrs. She was to take in some clothes for her, you know Yes, but I would like to see what you take, Mrs. Peters, and keep an eye out for anything that might be of use to us. Hale comments that she would not like men coming into her kitchen snooping around.
Of course, it's no more than their duty. Perhaps, because she is the neighbor of Mrs. Wright and has known her before she was married Mrs. Hale is more defensive of the accused woman. Nonetheless, as they talk, Mrs. Peters's sympathies grow for Mrs. Hale relates that when Mrs. Wright was a young Minnie Foster, she was pretty and happy.
Now, childless and alone with a man described as "not cheerful," Minnie Foster Wright becomes a tragic figure to Mrs. Sympathetically, she tells Mrs.
Henderson will be sarcastic in court and will ridicule Minnie Wright for "sayin' she didn't wake up when a rope was put around her husband's neck.
Peters becomes more sympathetic toward Mrs. Wright after having heard about how cold Mr. Wright was and how lonely Mrs. Wright must have been, having no one to sing with and nowhere to go.
On the other hand, Mrs. Oh, I wish I'd come over here once in a while. That was a crime! Who's going to punish that! However, when both Mrs.
Hale discover the poor, dead canary whose neck has been twisted, their eyes meet with a look of "growing comprehension, of horror. Hale hides the box under the pieces for the quilt.Both Mrs.
Hale and Mrs. Peters look for Minnie’s bird cage in the cupboard, but do not understand the significance of this until they find the dead bird.
The comparison here is between Minnie and the bird. Describe the inner conflicts of Mrs.
Hale and Mrs. Peters, and explain how they resolve these conflicts. Of the two characters, Mrs. Hale begins the play with a greater suspicion of the designs of the men in their investigation of Mrs. Wright's crime. In Susan Glaspell’s short Trifles, Mrs. Wright is being accused of murdering her former husband Mr.
Wright. While their house is being investigated, there are a lot of clues that suggest what could’ve happened between Mr. and Mrs. Wright. With Mrs.
Hale knowing the relationship between Mrs. Wright and her husband she is able to uncover a motive the other characters are blind to. She could convince Mrs. Peters that Mrs.
Wright was the victim even more so than Mr. Wright by explaining the stillness of their relationship. In contrast to the life that Mrs. Hale leads, Mrs. Peters has opportunities to interact with many more people since she probably knows other wives from the Sheriff's Department.
Mrs. Peters is Mrs. Hale's partner in crime, which might be kind of an unlikely role for a sheriff's wife. Of course, when we first meet Mrs. Peters we'd never guess she'd become Thelma to anyone's Louise.