What is a short summary of Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles?

Trifles is about a group of people visiting the Wright household after John Wright's murder. The men in the group are looking for evidence that John's wife, Minnie, is the murderer. Their wives realize that Minnie's husband was abusing her and decide to protect her by hiding the evidence.

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John Wright has been murdered, and Sheriff Henry Peters and county attorney George Henderson have come to the Wright home to investigate after John's wife, Minnie, has been arrested for the murder. Lewis Hale, the Wrights' neighbor, who was the first outsider to see Wright's body, is also there. Accompanying...

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John Wright has been murdered, and Sheriff Henry Peters and county attorney George Henderson have come to the Wright home to investigate after John's wife, Minnie, has been arrested for the murder. Lewis Hale, the Wrights' neighbor, who was the first outsider to see Wright's body, is also there. Accompanying the three men are Mrs. Peters (the sheriff's wife) and Mrs. Hale (Lewis's wife).

The men are there to look for evidence of Minnie's guilt, while the women have come to gather some personal effects to take to Minnie in prison. The women start to notice clues indicating that Minnie's husband was controlling and abusive. Prior to marrying John, Minnie had loved to wear pretty clothes, but her wardrobe is now filled with boring house clothes. Another example is a quilt that Minnie has made, with erratic stitching reflecting Minnie's upset state of mind at the time when she had worked on it.

The women confirm that John is abusive when the find a broken birdcage and a dead canary. Minnie has kept the canary in a sewing box, which Mrs. Hale instinctively hides from the men. While the women decide to protect their neighbor, understanding why she had to escape her marriage, and the men take no notice of the "trifles" that could have led them to the truth.

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