In Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, why didn't Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters reveal their discovery of the dead bird?

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In Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are very careful not to reveal the dead canary that they find in Mrs. Wright's sewing basket.

The two women have come to the scene of Mr. Wright's alleged murder to gather a few things for Mrs. Wright, who is being held in the jail, accused of killing her husband. While the women are there, they go through the kitchen and living area to find things that might be useful to Mrs. Wright. They do not know her, though as their time passes in that sad and dark home, Mrs. Hale wishes she had made more of an effort.

As the women work to complete their task, they listen to the men who are totally unsympathetic of a woman's plight in the world: the hard work needed to keep a home, extra work created by thoughtless husbands, the difficulty in providing a home with a cheery atmosphere ; and, jarred jellies broken due to the cold. The men refer to a...

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