What evidence does the jury have against Mrs. Wright in A Jury of Her Peers?

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In Susan Glaspell’s short story “A Jury of Her Peers,” the murder of John Wright is being investigated by Sheriff Peters. He brings along Mr. Hale, a neighboring farmer, and George Henderson, the county attorney, to go through the Wright house looking for evidence. Their wives come along to see what is going on and end up cleaning the kitchen and picking up around the house.

Before the story begins, John’s wife, Minnie, is already the suspect. Hale, who discovered John, explains to the sheriff when he arrived at the Wright house Minnie was acting strange, and when he pressed her, she finally responded that he couldn’t see John “Cause he's dead.” Not sure how to handle this information, he presses her further and reports she told him John “died of a rope around his neck.” Minnie is emotionless as she tells about her deceased husband; Hale remembers that she “just went on pleatin' at her apron" while talking to him. Because she’s the only one at the house, and so...

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