In Trifles, why does Mrs. Hale think that Mrs. Wright's worries about her preserves indicate her innocence?

In Trifles, Mrs. Hale thinks that Mrs. Wright's worries about her preserves indicate her innocence because a woman who had murdered her husband would not be concerned over such trivial matters.

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In Susan Glaspell's Trifles, when the men have gone upstairs, Mrs. Hale asks Mrs. Peters whether she thinks Minnie Wright is guilty of murder. Mrs. Peters is frightened even to discuss the matter, but Mrs. Hale then volunteers her opinion:

Well, I don't think she did. Asking for an apron and her little shawl. Worrying about her fruit.

Mrs. Hale thinks that a murderer would have too much on her mind to preoccupy herself with small matters like the state of her fruit preserves (which have, in fact, frozen in the cold weather). This is ironic, since she begins by dismissing the frozen preserves as a "trifle," just as the men do. Over the course of the play, her view changes, but it does not change completely. She comes to believe that Mrs. Wright did kill her husband, but she still regards her as morally innocent, since she did so as a form of self-defense against a brutally overbearing personality.

Mrs. Hale also regards herself as being morally culpable for her failure to keep up her friendship with Mrs. Wright and notice that she was being abused. It is this moral, rather than legal, assessment of the situation that persuades her to do nothing that might lead to Mrs. Wright's conviction and to persuade Mrs. Peters to follow her lead. The audience is left with an impression of women who have little power under the law bonding together for mutual protection.

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