Quilting involves piecing sections of cloth or fabric together and connecting them. In Trifles, Susan Glaspell's characters Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters piece together the evidence in the Wrights' home to solve the murder of Mr. Wright. The quilt serves as a crucial piece in the mystery and also as an appropriate metaphor for the women's discovery of the motive and guilty party.
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters go along with their husbands, police and city officials, to the Wrights' home, the crime scene. Mr. Wright has been murdered and the men are there to investigate the scene, hoping to find signs of motive and evidence of guilt. The women accompany their husbands to collect some requested items for Mrs. Wright, who is being held in the local jail.
As the women look around the house, they start to notice things that lead them to make inferences about Mrs. Wright's activities and state of mind before the murder. There is unfinished work in the kitchen—bread and fruit that needs to be put into...
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