Plays Trifles PDF By Susan Glaspell

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TRIFLES

MRS. HALE

[Who is standing by the table.] Well, I don’t see any signs of anger around here.

[She puts her hand on the dishtowel which lies on the table, stands looking down at the table, one half of which is clean, the other half messy.] It’s wiped to here.

[Makes a move as if to finish work, then turns and looks at a loaf of bread outside the breadbox. Drops towel. In that voice of coming back to familiar things.]

Wonder how they are finding things upstairs. I hope she had it a little more red-up up there. You know, it seems kind of sneaking.

Locking her up in town and then coming out here and trying to get her own house to turn against her!

MRS. PETERS

But Mrs. Hale, the law is the law.

MRS. HALE

I s’pose ’tis. [Unbuttoning her coat.] Better loosen up your things, Mrs. Peters. You won’t feel them when you go out.

[MRS. PETERS takes off her fur tippet, goes to hang it on the hook at the back of the room, stands looking at the under part of the small corner table.

MRS. PETERS

She was piecing a quilt. [She brings the large sewing basket and they look at the bright pieces.

MRS. HALE

It’s a log cabin pattern. Pretty, isn’t it? I wonder if she was goin’ to quilt it or just knot it? [Footsteps have been heard coming down the stairs.

The SHERIFF enters followed by HALE and the COUNTY ATTORNEY.

SHERIFF

They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it! [The men laugh, the women look abashed.

COUNTY ATTORNEY [Rubbing his hands over the stove.] Frank’s fire didn’t do much up there, did it? Well, let’s go out to the barn and get that cleared up.

MRS. HALE

[Resentfully.] I don’t know as there’s anything so strange, our takin’ up our time with little things while we’re waiting for them to get the evidence.

[She sits down at the big table smoothing out a block with the decision.] I don’t see it as it’s anything to laugh about.

AuthorSusan Glaspell
Language English
No. of Pages318
PDF Size46.7 MB
CategoryDrama

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