What indications, if any, are there that Mrs Wright might be indicted for the murder of her husband?Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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In Trifles, the indications are that Mrs. Wright stands a good chance of not being indicted for the murder of her husband.  Throughout this one-act play, the county attorney, George Henderson, and the sheriff, Henry Peters, and Mr. Hale, a nearby farmer, search the house, barn, and surrounding areas for the all-important evidence that will "point to any motive" on the part of Mrs. Wright.  However, after they dismissing the kitchen where Minnie Wright sat as having "nothing here but kitchen things," it is the women who notice the "trifles" that are out of place or different, indicating just what the men are searching:  something that will indicate a motive. However, because of the men's patronizing attitudes that there are only frivolous things in the kitchen, the women decide to hide the dead canary with its broken neck from the men; Mrs. Hale shoves the box containing the bird into the big pocket of her coat. 

With no evidence of anything to have sparked Mrs. Wright's intention to murder her husband, the prosecutor will be without a motive, and Mrs. Wright has a good chance of not being indicted for the murder of her husband.

 

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