Why don't Mrs. Peter and Mrs. Hale reveal the evidence they discover in Trifles by Susan Glaspell?

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The one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell takes place in the kitchen of a remote farmhouse, where the dead body of a farmer named John Wright has been discovered. His wife, Minnie Wright, has been arrested for murder, and Sheriff Peters, the County Attorney George Henderson, and Mr. Hale have come to look for evidence of the deed. They are accompanied by Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who remain in the kitchen waiting while the men go about the house and barn searching for clues.

The men disparage the women and their concern over "trifles" such as Mrs. Wright's fruit preserves and the mess in the kitchen, but once the men leave, the women look around with the perspective of also being homemakers concerned about the details of housekeeping. As they gather clothes for the woman in jail, they talk about whether or not she committed the murder They notice a part of a quilt that is sewn improperly, as if Mrs. Wright was nervous and distracted when she sewed it. They also find a broken bird cage...

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