When Mr. Hale says that women “are used to worrying over trifles," how do Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale react?
As detailed in a stage direction, they move closer together. This indicates that they are seeking something from each other: perhaps protection from the judgement of the men, perhaps sympathy from someone in the same situation. This is the first indication of one of the major themes of the play: that the shared hardships of women give them a kind of unity and understanding, right under the noses of the men who oppress them.
Discuss Mrs. Hale’s line, “Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be.”
In the context of the scene, Mrs. Hale is...
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