What might account for both Mrs. Hale's and Mrs. Peter's initial differences and then their evolving solidarity with Mrs. Wright?

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Initially, Mrs. Peters fulfill the role of dutiful, subservient wife.  Mrs. Hale, a bit more outgoing and assertive, comes from a larger town, where the strict patterns of social norms in small towns are less evident.  Both women plan to simply collect Mrs. Wright's...

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