Describe the characteristics of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters from Susan Glaspell's "Trifles".

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Mrs. Peters is the wife of the sheriff and obviously is torn between her "duty" as a sheriff's wife and her "duty" as a woman who can empathize with Minnie Wright's plight as an abused woman who is married to an apparently cruel man.  Mrs. Peters feels sorry for Mrs. Wright because as they spend time at her home while their husbands are searching for evidence, she learns about Mrs. Wright's life through everyday household items like her preserved jam and her stitching.  Mrs. Hale feels guilty for not spending more time with Mrs. Wright and not coming to visit her more often.  She now realizes that if she had come to spend more time with her that perhaps she would have become aware of the problems that Mrs. Wright was having in her marriage.  Both women eventually find the canary wrapped in a cloth and realize that Mrs. Wright killed her husband because he killed her canary by wringing its neck.