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A Jury of Her Peers

by Susan Glaspell
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In "A Jury of Her Peers," where is Minnie Wright during the story's events?

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During Glaspell's classic short story "A Jury of Her Peers," Minnie Wright does not appear in her own house. Instead, she is absent. To be specific, she's in jail. This is indicated in passing, through conversation.

When Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are talking about what happened, and...

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During Glaspell's classic short story "A Jury of Her Peers," Minnie Wright does not appear in her own house. Instead, she is absent. To be specific, she's in jail. This is indicated in passing, through conversation.

When Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are talking about what happened, and why they are there, the subject of Mrs. Wright wanting them to bring her apron to her comes up. Mrs. Peters says, "…there's not much to get you dirty in jail, goodness knows." This indicates Mrs. Wright is in jail, and that she's likely to stay there for long enough to need things from home. Just as Mrs. Wright's place in her home played a role in the crime, her place in the jail plays a role in how the women make sense of things.

The only other places Minnie Wright appears in the story are in the dialogue among the characters (mainly Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters), and in their memories.

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