In Trifles, what does the County Attorney suggest about Mrs. Wright's homemaking skills?

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While investigating the murder of Mr. Wright, the three men look around the kitchen with disdain. They never have to worry about those matters, and see all domestic issues as "women's work." The County Attorney, being a younger man, tries to placate the women when their interests are mocked, but also is disdainful of the state of the house:

COUNTY ATTORNEY: ...Dirty towels! [Kicks his foot against the pans under the sink.] Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?


COUNTY ATTORNEY: No -- it's not cheerful. I shouldn't say she had the homemaking instinct.
(Glaspell, Trifles,

Of course, he is speaking from his role as a man, one who does not perform domestic tasks but instead expects them to be done by the women. He sees the messy house as a reflection of Minnie Wright's dereliction of her duties, not as representational of an unhappy marriage. Without the personal insight needed to see the deeper meaning, the County Attorney proves to be just as misogynistic as the other, older men.


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