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by Susan Glaspell

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In Glaspell's Trifles, which character changes: Mrs. Peters or Mrs. Hale, and how so?

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In Susan Glaspell's Trifles, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters change, but whereas Mrs. Hale starts off expressing her doubts over the proceedings, Mrs. Peter's change is dramatic because she initially supports what the men are doing.

Mrs. Hale notes how unhappy she would be to have someone rummaging through her house, like the men who are upstairs looking for evidence. However, Mrs. Peters makes the appropriate response—as seen by that male-dominated society.

MRS. HALE. I'd hate to have men coming into my kitchen, snooping around and criticizing...

MRS. PETERS. Of course it's no more than their duty.

And again, as the women collect some things for Minnie in jail, Mrs. Hale is concerned about the sneakiness of searching her house for evidence. Mrs. Peters reminds her that the men are doing their jobs, but Mrs. Hale's response seems halfhearted—as if she doesn't really believe it.

MRS. HALE . You know, it seems kind of sneaking. Locking her up in town and then coming out here and trying to get her own...

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