In the one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, a group of people come to a remote farmhouse to investigate the murder of John Wright, the owner of the farm. His wife, Mrs. Wright, is being held as a suspect. While Sheriff Peters, the county attorney, and Mr. Hale (who discovered the murder) walk around looking for clues, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale wait in the kitchen. They talk about Mrs. Wright's loneliness and the deterioration of her joyful spirit after she married her husband.
While they wait, the women begin to find little clues suggesting not only Mrs. Wright's unhappiness but also possible abuse on the part of her husband. They come across pieces of quilt Mrs. Wright was sewing and notice that though most of the stitches in the quilt are "nice and even," the sewing on the last block is "all over the place." Perhaps Mrs. Wright was anxious and wasn't concentrating on what she was doing.
The women look at each other, as if suddenly aware that this could be an important indication of...
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