Meriam C.

Comillor

Brief Lesson Plan in Teaching Drama
I. Objectives At the end of the lesson, the fourth year students should be able to: • • • • Identify meaning of words through context clues. Practice scanning when looking for details in the story. Change direct WH and Yes-No questions to indirect speech correctly. Appreciate the drama as literature through role plays.

II. Subject Matter

A. Topic: Trifles B. Materials: Copy of the drama
C. Drama and activities adapted from: Gabriel et al. (2003).English IV. Quezon City, Philippines III. Lesson Proper A. Pre- Reading Unlocking Difficulties The following words are used in the story. Work with a partner and match the words in Column A to its meaning in Column B. Column A 1. Quit 2. Shabby 3. Wiry 4. Done up 5. Fidgety 6. Trifle Column B a. mockingly b. watch c. fussy, irritable d. something of little value or importance e. hidden f. tired; exhausted g. strong; sinewy h. fix up hurriedly i. dirty j. jokingly, flippantly k. move about aimlessly l. bed coverlet of two layers of cloth with padding

7. Rig up 8. Fluttery 9. Keep an eye 10. 11. 12.
Scoffingly Facetiously Concealed

From the beginning did you have any idea as to who killed John Wright? What was your idea? Were you correct in the end? 10. What does the author accomplish by having Mrs.B. how does the author tell you why the characters are there? 2. Since the women are on stage of the entire play. What is the setting of the story? Describe it. As the curtain goes up. answer the following questions to better understand the plot of the story. 1. How does the author create characters that the audience does not meet? Why is it important that the audience know about these characters? 5.questions serve as a link between the introductory clause and the reported question . Why are the lines ironic? Changing direct questions in indirect speech. Post Reading Understanding the drama Work in groups of five. Mr. Peters and Mrs. Wright. Read the examples from the play of the men chiding the women for their interest in trifles. and Mrs. How does Mr. 5. What are some pieces information presented in the opening? 3. How does the playwright reveal to the audience the personalities of these two women? 8. and in what way are they similar? 7. 3. Characterize Mr. How did John Wright die? C. 1. Discuss the answer to the following questions 1. When changing direct questions in indirect speech the following changes takes place. The opening conversation of the play gives the background information of the play. Hale a long-time resident of the area. Wright contrast with his wife? 6. In WH. other characters are not free to talk about them. Prove sentences to support your answer. Why are Mrs. Hale more important than the men to the play’s plot? In what ways are these women different from each other. Read sentences to support your answer. What is the difference between the men and the women in the story? Contrast their traits. 2. and Mrs. The author underscores a basic irony of the play. While Reading Scanning for Details While reading. 4. This is something like a mystery story. How does the author get the men off stage? Why does she do so? 4. Peters a newcomer? 9. Wright are never on stage. What kind of family are the Wrights? 6. Who are the characters? Describe each. and Mrs.

Exercise: Change the following sentences from direct questions to indirect speech. Changes in pronouns. 3. A policeman interviewing a witness of a crime. make a short conversation about these two situations 1. 5. “What was she doing?” the county attorney asked. 4. . the introductory word is whether. *When the question is answerable by yes or no and no alternatives or choices are given the introductory word is if. “Was she going to quilt it or knot it?” he asked the ladies. Role Playing In groups of five. create a role play that reenacts the drama.2. Assign a person who will ask any questions. Hale Practicing the Language Work in triads. 2. In Yes-No questions. *When the direct speech is a question answerable by yes or no and involves an alternative or choice. Agreement Using the rules of changing direct WH and Yes-No questions to indirect speech. 3. The second member will report the question to the third member using indirect speech. Exchange roles every after question. “Are things just as you left them yesterday?” he asked the sheriff. “Whose going to punish that?” asked Mrs. Think of how you will characterize the persons in the story. adverbs and verb tenses are the same with those in statements and imperatives. “Has anybody been notified?” Hale asked the attorney. 1. IV. 2. An attorney in a court room asking the suspect. adjectives. the connector if or whether is used as a link between the introductory clause and the reported question.

Mr. Mr. "Ain't he home?" says I. and left without having been put in order-unwashed pans under the sink. MRS. "How do. She was rockin' back and forth. a gloomy kitchen. She didn't pay much attention. By the way.) COUNTY ATTORNEY. Well. I was surprised. At the rear the outer door opens."Trifles" by Susan Glaspell (1916) Scene: The kitchen in the now abandoned farmhouse of John Wright. and as I got here. Mr. The Sheriff and Hale are men in middle life. but rockin' back and forth. I said." "Then why can't I see him?" I asked her." I spoke to Wright about it once before. COUNTY ATTORNEY. I knocked at the door." I wasn't sure. and as long as I went over everything here myselfCOUNTY ATTORNEY. Harry and I had started to town with a load of potatoes. a thin nervous face. HALE.and the Sheriff comes in. Hale. I knew you could get back from Omaha by today." says she. saying folks talked too much anyway. I thought I might--need ." And then she--laughed. Mrs. Henderson just what you saw when you came here yesterday morning. I got up. "Is it?"--and went on kind of pleating at her apron. it was past eight o'clock. I thought I'd better send Frank out this morning to make a fire for us--no use getting pneumonia with a big case on." she says. "Why. "I'm going to see if I can't get John Wright to go in with me on a party telephone. PETERS (after taking a step forward). she didn't ask me to come up to the stove. I'm not--cold. "he's home. a loaf of bread outside the breadbox. This feels good. ladies. "Why--where is he?" says I. or to set down. She just pointed upstairs--like that (himself pointing to the room above). but I thought maybe if I went to the house and talked about it before his wife. I do want to talk about that. and just went on pleatin' at her apron. COUNTY ATTORNEY. And how did she--look? HALE. what did he die of?" "He died of a rope around his neck. I knew they must be up. she is a slight wiry woman. Why. They are followed by the two women-the Sheriff's Wife first. When I had to send Frank to Morris Center for that man who went crazy--I want you to know I had my hands full yesterday. so I knocked again. I don't think she minded--one way or other. She had her apron in her hand and was kind of--pleating it. SHERIFF. she looked queer. Let's talk about that later. ain't it?" And she said. "Come in. "'Cause he's dead. "Dead?" says I. and there in that rocker-. Somebody should have been left here yesterday. SHERIFF (unbuttoning his overcoat and stepping away from the stove as if to the beginning of official business). I didn't hear or see anything. (They all look at the rocker. Well. It's just the same. When it dropped below zer0 last night. Wright. but I opened the door--this door (indicating the door by which the two women are still standing). "I want to see John. COUNTY ATTORNEY. What--was she doing? HALE. and I thought I heard somebody say. COUNTY ATTORNEY. I went out and called Harry. not even looking at me. How do you mean--queer? HALE. but she is disturbed now and looks fearfully about as she enters. Mrs. though I said to Harry that I didn't know as what his wife wanted made much difference to John-COUNTY ATTORNEY. with the idea of going up there. COUNTY ATTORNEY. so I said a little sharp:"Can't I see John?" "No. Hale. She just nodded her head. I said. all are much bundled up and go at once to the stove. but tell now just what happened when you got to the house. How did she seem to feel about your coming? HALE. tell just what happened when you came here yesterday morning. "Yes. Come up to the fire. before we move things about. out of patience. I thought of Harry and the team outside. it's cold. Oh--yesterday. the county Attorney is a young man. and all he asked was peace and quiet--I guess you know about how much he talked himself. kind o' dull like. I talked from there to here-then I says. as if she didn't know what she was going to do next. COUNTY ATTORNEY (rubbing his hands). Wright. HALE." says she. Hale.(pointing to it) sat Mrs. but I told him not to touch anything except the stove--and you know Frank. a dish towel on the table--other signs of incompleted work. not getting a bit excited. so I said. but just sat there. I'm not sure yet. The women have come in slowly and stand close together near the door. Well." says she. not knowing what to say. and still it was all quiet inside. followed by the county Attorney and Hale. and he put me off. Well. We came along the road from my place. I guess you would call it a laugh. you explain to Mr. Well. has anything been moved? Are things just as you left them yesterday? SHERIFF (looking about). Hale is larger and would ordinarily be called more comfortable looking. Now. And kind of done up.

HALE. I guess before we're through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about. Nothing here but kitchen things. We must 'a looked as if we didn't see how that could be. so Harry went fast as he could to Rivers' place. washes his hands. (With a little bow to her. takes dipperful of water form the pail and.) I've not seen much of her of late years. Mrs. or the sheriff. (The women draw nearer. "You don't know?" says Harry. ladies? MRS. (Pointing to a small chair in the corner). Those towels get dirty awful quick.. for all their worries. Well. where you can point in all out. he went up to him. I don't know as Wright had. HALE (looking about.) COUNTY ATTORNEY (with the gallantry of a young politician). Henderson. And yet. He goes to the sink. Starts to wipe them on the roller towel. "No.) MRS. Well... Here's a nice mess.. I've not been in this house--it's more than a year. COUNTY ATTORNEY. after again looking around the kitchen. Peters. "I sleep sound. COUNTY ATTORNEY.) Dirty towels! (Kicks his foot against the pans under the sink. so I said I had come in to see if John wanted to put in a telephone.and just sat there with her hand held together and looking down. (To the Sheriff). I think I'd rather have you go into that upstairs. She was still sitting that same way.. too. and so I guess that's all I know that you don't. She said the fire'd go out and her jars would break. COUNTY ATTORNEY. I see. "I don't know. I guess we'll go upstairs first--and then out to the barn and around there. Soon Harry got back. HALE. and you didn't wake up?" says Harry.) I dunno.(Stops.. and then she stopped and looked at me-scared. PETERS (to the other woman). for after a minute she said.help. I shouldn't say she had the homemaking instinct. and there he was lying'-COUNTY ATTORNEY. (looking around). and he said. I got a feeling that I ought to make some conversation. And what did Mrs. where there's a telephone. And then-COUNTY ATTORNEY. But you and Mrs. I liked her all well enough. "No. HALE.. COUNTY ATTORNEY.) It never seemed a very cheerful place. loyal to your sex." says she.. Lloyd came. HALE. Wright do when she knew that you had gone for the coroner. his face twitches. "but I was on the inside. No--it's not cheerful. SHERIFF. You mean that they didn't get on very well? ." "Somebody slipped a rope round his neck and strangled him. Oh.). Yes--? MRS." she said after him.) Not much of a housekeeper. (The County Attorney. and then Dr. You're convinced that there was nothing important here--nothing that would point to any motive? SHERIFF.. can you beat the women! Held for murder and worryin' about her preserves. There's a great deal of work to be done on a farm. "Has anybody been notified?" I asked. women are used to worrying over trifles. COUNTY ATTORNEY. Well. (The two women move a little closer together. "I didn't wake up. We went upstairs. it did freeze. turns it for a cleaner place. (The County Attorney. COUNTY ATTORNEY. opens the door of a cupboard closet. what would we do without the ladies? (The women do not unbend. maybe it wasn't scared.) . Men's hands aren't always as clean as they might be. HALE (stiffly). She worried about that when it turned so cold. and you. I looked. COUNTY ATTORNEY. and we'd better not touch anything. To be sure. He gets up on a chair and looks on a shelf." So we went back downstairs. Well. who has had his notebook out.) MRS. (He gives it a pull to expose its full length again.I know there are some Dickson county farmhouses which do not have such roller towels. I wouldn't like to say it was. Pulls his hand away. "Who did this. and at that she started to laugh.. MRS." says she. she moved from that chair to this over here. HALE (shaking her head. MRS. my first thought was to get that rope off. sticky. COUNTY ATTORNEY. makes a note. Farmers' wives have their hands full. pouring it into a basin. unconcerned. Ah.. her fruit. I suppose you were friends. would you say. Mr. either. he's dead all right. HALE." "No." says she. (To the Lawyer). "Yes. And yet.. Just go on now with the rest of the story. Wright were neighbors. And why was that? You didn't like her? MRS." she says.) COUNTY ATTORNEY. Mr. Wright?" said Harry. He said it business-like-and she stopped pleatin' of her apron." Harry was going to ask her more questions. "Weren't you sleepin' in the bed with him?" says Harry. but I said maybe we ought to let her tell her story first to the coroner.but Harry. HALE.

(Quickly shuts door leading upstairs. Mrs. and hurries to the stove. Of course it's no more than their duty. Hale following with a pair of shoes. and he'll make fun of her sayin' she didn't wake up. then abruptly drops it. PETERS. (Looking again. Peters? MRS. but I guess that deputy sheriff that came out to make the fire might have got a little of this on. and lifted on end of a towel that covers a pan). (Picks up loaf. The chair. We left in such a hurry yesterday. (She puts the bottle on the big kitchen table. Hale said. steps back. Yes.) I declare I believe that's the only one.) Mrs. HALE. Do you think she did it? MRS. where three steps lead to a stair door.) MRS. (The women listen to the men's steps on the stairs. and a few little things. MRS. Well. (She arranges the pans under sink which the Lawyer had shoved out of place. goodness knows. MRS. Peters.)she was going to put this in there. Peters. which she has touched. In a manner of returning to familiar things. and then you don't enjoy things when you feel shabby. My. Duty's all right. PETERS (in a frightened voice. Funny thing to want. MRS. snooping around and criticizing. Well. With a sigh. HALE.) Oh. Peters carrying a dress and skirt. stands looking down at the table. (Gets up on the chair and looks. glances up. Moves slowly toward it. [She goes to the door at the right. center of the room. that was thirty years ago. This all you was to take? MRS. for there isn't much to get you dirty in jail. MRS. That's just what Mr. PETERS. you know. She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively. but after looking into the other room. (Stands still. I suppose she felt she couldn't do her part. Henderson said coming out that what was needed for the case was a motive. HALE (who is standing by the table). (She puts the cloth on the big table.) Yes. with a slow look at it. one of the town girls singing in the choir. (who has gone to a small table in the left rear corner of the room.) Wish I'd thought of that sooner. PETERS. HALE. I don't know. Before she is seated realizes what chair it is. Mrs. She was to take in some clothes for her. Mr. I must get those things from the front room closet.) MRS.) MRS. HALE.) This is cherries. PETERS. it's cold in there. Mrs. But I suppose just to make her feel more natural. But that--oh. I don't mean anything.) MRS. Hale? You could help me carry them. No. MRS. too. Mr. COUNTY ATTORNEY. (Gives the roller towel a pull. it's strange. (she puts her hand on the dish towel which lies on the table. Well.) Mrs. when she was MInnie Foster. Yes-here. Wright was close. PETERS. I'd hate to have men coming into my kitchen. I'd like to talk more of that a little later. HALE. I suppose anything Mrs. rigging it all up like that. Yes. is about to sit down in the rocking chair. (Holding it toward the window. Peters says it looks bad for her. MRS. I want to get the lay of things upstairs now. I wonder if it's all gone. Mrs. then look about the kitchen. MRS. I remember the afternoon I put up my cherries last summer. HALE (abruptly moving toward her. There was a gun in the house. where footsteps are heard in the room above. reappear. (Gets down. No. Peters does'll be all right. I don't think she did. Asking for an apron and her little shawl. here. but I would like to see what you take. Henderson. But I don't think a place'd be any cheerfuller for John Wright's being in it. They say it was such a --funny way to kill a man.) I think there's some here that's all right. She didn't even belong to the Ladies' Aid.) MRS. PETERS. rocks back and forth. It must have been done awful crafty and still. He says that's what he can't understand. And then her little shawl that always hung behind the door.) It's a shame about her fruit.) MRS. Henderson is awful sarcastic in speech. steps back. bottle in her hand. HALE (eyes fixed on a loaf of bread beside the breadbox. Worrying about her fruit. MRS. MRS. (He goes to the left.) She'll feel awful bad after all her hard work in the hot weather. (They go into the other room.) SHERIFF. I think maybe that's why she kept so much to herself. I don't see any signs of anger around here. (Opens stair door and looks. Mrs. PETERS (starts to speak. PETERS. the other half . She had bread set.) MRS HALE (examining the skirt). something to show anger or--sudden feeling. She said she wanted an apron. PETERS.] You coming with me. Yes. front table.. In a low voice. Seems mean to talk about her for not having things slicked up when she had to come away in such a hurry. COUNTY ATTORNEY. Mr. She said they was in the top drawer in this cupboard. HALE. which is on a low shelf at the other side of the room. one half of which is clean. Well. I guess John Wright didn't wake when they was slipping that rope under his neck. PETERS. Goes to the sink and wipes it off on the outside. here it is. MRS. and keep an eye out for anything that might be of use to us.MRS.

did it? Well. After an instant Mrs. (Mrs.) Did she have a bird. I don't know as there's anything so strange. (Mrs. My cat got in her room. Drops towel. It would be lonesome of me sitting here alone. Queer. And look at this! It's all over the place! Why. MRS. HALE (examining another block. I s'pose 'tis. PETERS. Oh. Why. MRS. and string. What do you suppose she was so nervous about? MRS. stands looking at the under part of the small corner table. PETERS. PETERS. You know. I don't like this place. Yes. look at this door. .) MRS.) Mrs. They may be through sooner than we think.) Better loosen up your things. (Suddenly stopping and leaning forward. I sometimes sew awful queer when I'm just tired. One hinge is pulled apart. (examining the cage). I don't think we ought to touch things. MRS.) MRS. PETER. PETERS. But I'm awful glad you came with me. this is the one she was working on. PETERS.) Mrs. ) Wonder how they are finding things upstairs? I hope she had it a little more there. PETERS. Locking her up in town and then coming out here and trying to get her own house to turn against her! MRS. Hale. and she was real upset and asked me to take it out. (She sits down at the big table. HALE. PETERS. (nervously). MRS. HALE. (Holds it up. Seems funny to think of a bird here. In that cupboard.) COUNTY ATTORNEY (rubbing his hands over the stove). She was piecing a quilt. No. followed by Hale and the County Attorney. Oh--I don't know. Just pulling out a stitch or two that's not sewed very good. (Pulls up a chair and joins Mrs. they look at each other. the law is the law.) I don't see as it's anything to laugh about. I wish if they're going to find any evidence they'd be about it. Why. Hale starts to say something looks at Mrs. Hale? MRS. I don't know whether she did or not--I've not been here for so long. MRS. HALE. and they look at the bright pieces. (glancing around). Why. PETERS. let's go out to the barn and get that cleared up. PETERS. Why. I don't know as she was nervous. the women look abashed. (she brings the cage forward and puts it on the table. then goes on sewing. our takin' up our time with little things while we're waiting for them to get the evidence. or why should she have a cage? I wonder what happened to it? MRS. Of course they've got awful important things on their minds. Here. (Unbuttoning her coat.) MRS. MRS.) Well. HALE. (Makes a move as if to finish work. HALE (mildly). HALE. smoothing out a block with decision. then turns and looks at loaf of bread outside the breadbox. I must get these things wrapped up. Mrs. goes to hang it on hook at the back of room.) MRS. what are you doing. She's got that feeling some people have about cats-being afraid of them. Mrs. My sister Bessie was like that. and look at the sewing! All the rest of it has been so nice and even. But she must have had one. yes. Bad sewing always made me fidgety. Mrs. Hale. Hale at the table. PETERS.) MRS. HALE. (looking. she didn't have a cat. I s'pose maybe the cat got it. Mrs. It's broke. it looks as if she didn't know what she was about! (After she has said this. There was a man around last year selling canaries cheap. Hale has pulled at a knot and ripped the sewing. here's a birdcage.messy. Peters? MRS. MRS. Hale? MRS. But. I'll just finish up this end.) It's wiped here. HALE. Peters. (She brings the large sewing basket. MRS. (The men laugh. ain't it? MRS.) MRS.) Looks as if someone must have been rough with it. It's log cabin pattern. You won't feel them when you go out. isn't it? I wonder if she was goin' to quilt or just knot it? (Footsteps have been heard coming down the stairs. too. She used to sing real pretty herself. but I don't know as she took one.) I wonder where I can find a piece of paper. HALE (resentfully). Mrs. look at this one. it seems kind of sneaking. (The men go outside. then start to glance back at the door. The Sheriff enters. Mrs. They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it. HALE. Peters takes off her fur tippet. Peters. HALE. (looking in cupboard). MRS. MRS. (Threading a needle). Peters.) SHERIFF. In that voice of coming back to familiar things. maybe she did. HALE. MRS. Hale? MRS. Frank's fire didn't do much up there. Pretty. (apologetically). MRS. (Putting apron and other things together. maybe. PETERS. PETERS.

Looks like something somebody would give you.)--hurt him. They leave.) MRS. Well.MRS. Maybe her scissors are in here. swings it again. Mrs. MRS. (Pauses.) No sign at all of anyone having come from the outside. But of course you were awful busy. MRS. HALE (lifting the silk. have you decided whether she was going to quilt it or knot it? MRS. I would have-.)--wish I had. MRS. They're superstitious. Its neck! Look at its neck! It's all--other side to. that's interesting. I'm sure. Mrs. unless it got sick and died. PETERS. MRS. Hale---your house and your children. and sinks into her chair. But what do you suppose went with it? MRS. I dunno what it is. Yes--good. When I was a girl--my kitten--there was a boy took a hatchet. Peters. (Their eyes meet. too. PETERS. (Silence. MRS. PETERS. Is there a cat? (Mrs. PETERS. Peters. ) MRS. (They start upstairs. and before my eyes--and before I could get there--(Covers her face an instant. He killed that. Hale slips box under quilt pieces. Their own rope. It's the bird. She liked the bird.) Has the bird flown? MRS. Somebody--wrung--its neck. MRS. Mrs. COUNTY ATTORNEY. Suddenly puts her hand to her nose. Did you know John Wright. and Wright out to work all day. (Seeing the birdcage. Mrs.) MRS. How-she--did--change. and paid his debts. The two women sit there not looking at one another. just what would I take? I wonder if her patches are in here--and her things. I guess. (Pause. Just to pass the time of day with him. Why. you mustn't reproach yourself. I-. as if afraid of what they are saying. not now. PETERS. I expect this has got sewing things in it (Brings out a fancy box. PETERS.) MRS. HALE. Mrs. could there? Now.) I wonder how it would seem never to have had any children around. Well. Mrs. her eye falling on the cage. Peters bend closer. this isn't her scissors. I wish I had come over sometimes she was here. HALE (jumping up. Maybe because it's down in a hollow.) Why-. (Shivers. I don't know.) Tell you what.(Mrs. (in a whisper). but as if peering into something and at the same time holding back. I--I've never liked this place. I wish I had come over to see Minnie Foster sometimes. falters weakly. COUNTY ATTORNEY (to Sheriff Peters. We think she was going to--knot it. A look of growing comprehension of horror. Well. Wright wouldn't like the bird--a thing that sang. Mrs. HALE. he didn't drink. she was kind of like a bird herself--real sweet and pretty.) MRS. Peters rises. Mrs. Somehow we just don't see how it is with other folks until--something comes up. Well. .(Mrs. Hale. and kept his word as well as most. COUNTY ATTORNEY (preoccupied).) MRS. Mrs. MRS. Mrs.) But. When they talk now. ladies. why don't you take the quilt in with you? It might take up her mind.) There's something wrapped up in this piece of silk. but kind of timid and--fluttery. PETERS. I can see now--(Shakes her head. then as if struck by a happy thought and relieved to get back to everyday things. It would. Peters--look at it.> HALE. (Opens box. PETERS.) Oh. both women watch it.(Catches herself. Hale glances in a quick covert way at Mrs. MRS. MRS. looks upstairs. I stayed away because it weren't cheerful--and that's why I ought to have come. wouldn't it? (Dropping her sewing). Peters? MRS. HALE (putting more quilt pieces over the box. Hale. but as if they cannot help saying it. Here's some red. She used to sing. I've seen him in town. and you don't see the road. HALE.) If they hadn't held me back. But I tell you what I do wish. Not to know him. Peters sits down. Why. MRS. HALE (with a slow look around her. Not having children makes less work--but it makes a quiet house. There couldn't possible be any objection to it.) We think the--cat got it.) Like a raw wind that gets to the bone.) COUNTY ATTORNEY (as one turning from serious thing to little pleasantries).(Looking around the room. HALE. HALE. where steps are heard.) What a pretty box. They say he was a good man. and no company when he did come in. She--come to think of it. Peters. Enter Sheriff and County Attorney. you know. PETERS. continuing an interrupted conversation. PETERS. PETERS.) It would have to have been someone who knew just the-(Mrs. Peters bend nearer. But he was a hard man. but it's a lonesome place and always was. (She reaches over and swings the broken door. MRS.) No. Steps are heard outside. Peters-it's-. (They look in the sewing basket. Peters. Now let's go up again and go over it piece by piece. Mrs. I could've come. then turns her face away. I think that's a real nice idea.) I should think she would 'a wanted a bird. HALE. She was going to bury it in that pretty box. it is the manner of feeling their way over strange ground.

) MRS. (The women's eyes meet for an instant. Wouldn't they just laugh! Getting all stirred up over a little thing like a--dead canary. The Sheriff follows the County Attorney into the other room. disturbing the quilt pieces which cover the box. I'm not satisfied that we can't do better. Peters. cannot touch it. COUNTY ATTORNEY. (Brushes her eyes.) MRS. For that matter. can't you? I want to go over everything. hands tight together. She opens box. The law has got to punish crime. Sound of a knob turning in the other room. Well. and me with no other then-MRS. But you know juries when it comes to women. Steps back. We call it--knot it. Peters doesn't need supervising. His neck. Do you want to see what Mrs. Hale's. Enter Hale from outer door. How soon do you suppose they'll be through. HALE (not as if answering that). whose eyes take a slow turn. We don't know who killed the bird. (A look around the room). then a bird to sing to you. We don't know who killed him. Oh I guess they're not very dangerous things the ladies have picked up. it's all perfectly clear except a reason for doing it. Mr. We mustn't-take on. Mrs. after the bird was still. windows! SHERIFF. We live close together and we live far apart. Tell her it's all right. noticing the bottle of fruit. it's queer. . Oh. (Moves a few things about. (Pulling herself back). Hale snatches the box and puts it in the pocket of her big coat. I wish you'd seen MInnie Foster when she wore a white dress with blue ribbons and stood up there in the choir and sang.MRS. a sheriff's wife is married to the law. HALE. Peters.) HALE. HALE (moving). Henderson. George. looking for evidence? MRS. Hale rises. Hale holds her. Mrs. I wouldn't tell her her fruit was gone. Suddenly Mrs. I've got the team around. It is too big. Tell her it ain't.) I just want you to come in here a minute. picks up the apron. Peters is going to take in? (The Lawyer goes to the table. Peters. She was going to--what is it you call it. (Hale goes outside. reaches out for it. at least we found out that she was not going to quilt it. Peters throws back quilt pieces and tries to put the box in the bag she is wearing. Mrs. MRS. Enter County Attorney and Sheriff. PETERS. SHERIFF (chuckling). PETERS.) COUNTY ATTORNEY. stands there helpless. HALE (her own feeling not interrupted. takes petticoat from the clothes brought from the other room. I know what stillness is. We ought to take a look at these windows.) If I was you. SHERIFF. I wish I'd come over here once in a while! That was a crime! That was a crime! Who's going to punish that? MRS. MRS. We don't know. When we homesteaded in Dakota. Mr. then her own eyes point the way to where the box is concealed. Choked the life out of him. Peters? MRS.) If there'd been years and years of nothing. laughs. Pretty cold out there. As if that could have anything to do with--with--wouldn't they laugh! (The men are heard coming downstairs. Mrs. HALE. MRS. Take this in to prove it to her. HALE (under her breath). MRS. it would be awful--still. Something to show--something to make a story about--a thing that would connect up with this strange way of doing it. goes to pieces. slipping a rope around his neck that choked the life out of him. and my first baby died--after he was two years old.) COUNTY ATTORNEY (facetiously). Killing a man while he slept. PETERS (moving uneasily). PETERS. Mrs. MRS. You can send Frank out for me. MRS. finally meeting Mrs. Married to the law. COUNTY ATTORNEY (scoffingly). Maybe they would-maybe they wouldn't. She--she may never know whether it was broke or not. COUNTY ATTORNEY. Henry. PETERS (with a rising voice). PETERS (something within her speaking). We'll be right out. I tell you. I knew John Wright. Then Mrs. No.) No. HALE (her hand against her pocket). I'm going to stay here awhile by myself (To the Sheriff). Oh. Well. It was an awful thing was done in this house that night. it's a good thing the men couldn't hear us. starts to take the bird out. In a false voice). Ever think of it that way. My. looking intensely at Mrs. Mrs. Peters (looking upstairs). MRS. Not--just that way. HALE. I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be--for women. Hale. If there was some definite thing. (Her hand goes out and rests on the birdcage. We all go through the same things--it's all just a different kind of the same thing. looks about for something to wrap it in. I know what stillness is. PETERS (takes the bottle. Hale. (Moves toward the other room. MRS. ladies! MRS. A moment Mrs. Hale. very nervously begins winding this around the bottle.

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