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In Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers," what traits of a sheriff's wife was Mrs. Peters lacking?

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There is no rubric or pre-designed behavioral profile that is expected of sheriffs' wives to follow. To be fair to Mrs. Peters, she is a pretty well-rounded and dynamic character throughout the story. She also reunites other character traits that can be found upon a closer reading of the story.

  • loyalty to her husband - Mrs. Peters abides by her husband's request that she takes care of the needs of Minnie Wright while the latter is in jail, as such a task would appear to be demeaning for the male-dominated county investigators
  • loyalty to her gender - she tends to Minnie's needs and, along...

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