What are the three differences between Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters in the play Trifles?

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Mrs. Hale is more willing to oppose the men they're with. She argues with the county attorney over the state of the farm and Mrs. Wright's disposition. She seems to be more forthright than Mrs. Peters, who is more easily cowed by the presence of the men.

Mrs. Peters is more scared than Mrs. Hale. At the end when they're trying to conceal the dead bird, she "goes to pieces." Mrs. Hale has to grab it and hide it in her pocket before the men get the chance to see the incriminating evidence.

Mrs. Hale is also more perceptive and analytical. Mrs. Peters is more likely to state facts and make observations but not to analyze what she's seeing. Instead, Mrs. Hale responds to her friend's observations by perceptively analyzing the situation and determining what happened.

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are initially depicted in similar ways, in part by being identified only as their husbands’ wives with no first names. Their numerous significant differences soon become apparent. Mrs. Hale’s husband...

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