Trifles

Mrs. Hale Character Analysis

The wife of the neighboring farmer. Mrs. Hale is wracked by guilt at not having visited Minnie Wright more often to support her through the difficulties of living with her unkind husband. She leads Mrs. Peters in their decision to conceal the evidence that would undoubtedly convict Minnie Wright of her crime.

Mrs. Hale Quotes in Trifles

The Trifles quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Hale or refer to Mrs. Hale. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Baker's Plays edition of Trifles published in 1951.
Trifles Quotes

“Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.”

Related Characters: Lewis Hale (speaker), Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Hale, Minnie Wright
Related Symbols: Trifles, Canning Jars of Fruit
Page Number: 9
Explanation and Analysis:

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“They say it was such a—funny way to kill a man, rigging it all up like that.”
“That’s just what Mr. Hale said. There was a gun in the house. He says that’s what he can’t understand.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Peters (speaker), Mrs. Hale (speaker), Lewis Hale, John Wright, Minnie Wright
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:

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“But he was a hard man, Mrs. Peters. Just to pass the time of day with him—[Shivers] Like a raw wind that gets to the bone.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Hale (speaker), Mrs. Peters, John Wright
Page Number: 16
Explanation and Analysis:

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“Oh, 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?”

Related Characters: Mrs. Hale (speaker), Minnie Wright
Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

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“We all go through the same things—it’s all just a different kind of the same thing.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Hale (speaker), Mrs. Peters, Minnie Wright
Page Number: 20
Explanation and Analysis:

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“Well, Henry, at least we found out that she was not going to quilt it. She was going to—what is it you call it, ladies?”
“We call it—knot it, Mr. Henderson.”

Related Characters: George Henderson (speaker), Mrs. Hale (speaker), Minnie Wright
Related Symbols: The Quilt
Page Number: 21
Explanation and Analysis:

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Mrs. Hale Character Timeline in Trifles

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Hale appears in Trifles. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...the neighboring farmer Lewis Hale. The wives of two of the men, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, both of whom appear disturbed and fearful, follow the men inside. (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...and noticing in particular the dirty towel, says Minnie seems to be a poor housekeeper. Mrs. Hale stiffly points out that there’s a lot of work to be done to keep a... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...says yes, but that he’d like to see what she’s taking. The men go upstairs. Mrs. Hale is upset over the men coming into Minnie’s space and accusing her of being a... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
The women collect some clothes for Minnie. Mrs. Hale recognizes in the clothing that Minnie had very little money for herself and that her... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
Abruptly, Mrs. Hale asks Mrs. Peters if she thinks that Minnie killed her husband. Mrs. Hale says she... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...Wright was in the process of making. The men reenter and, overhearing Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale discussing the quilt, laugh at the women for wondering about whether Minnie was planning to... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
...the clothes they’re taking to the jail and discovers an empty birdcage in a cupboard. Mrs. Hale doesn’t know whether Minnie had a bird, but remembers that she used to sing very... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Mrs. Hale expresses her frustration with herself for not visiting Minnie more often in her lonely home.... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Mrs. Peters did not grow up in the neighborhood and so Mrs. Hale starts to tell her about Minnie as a girl (back when she was Minnie Foster).... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...and the women realize that someone must have wrung its neck. The men return and Mrs. Hale hides the box containing the dead bird under the quilt. George Henderson asks if they’ve... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...to it before her eyes. She says she would have hurt him if she could. Mrs. Hale says she knows John Wright must have killed the dead bird. Mrs. Peters, growing emotional,... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
Mrs. Peters comes to her senses and reminds Mrs. Hale that, “the law has got to punish crime.” Mrs. Hale cries out in response that... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
...to hide the box with the dead bird in her too small bag and then Mrs. Hale conceals it in her pocket. The attorney returns and jokingly acknowledges that at least they... (full context)