Martha Hale and Mrs. Peters don't know each other well as they travel to Minnie Wright's farm with their husbands on a cold morning. Mrs. Hale thinks that the small, slight Mrs. Peters doesn't look like a sheriff's wife. Mrs. Hale has lived in this community all her life and Mrs. Peters is a newcomer, creating a separation between them at first.
But as the day goes by and they realize what Minnie was coping with, they grow much closer. Mrs. Peters says to Martha:
"But I'm awful glad you came with me, Mrs. Hale." Mrs. Peters put the bird-cage on the table and sat down. "It would be lonesome for me—sitting here alone."
"Yes, it would, wouldn't it?" agreed Mrs. Hale.
By the end of story, they are united in their sympathy for Minnie. They don't want the men to find the dead canary that could implicate Minnie as a murderer. They are close enough now that they can communicate this through their eyes. When the men are coming and Mrs. Peters is unable to bring herself to touch the...
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