42 Matching Annotations
  1. Nov 2021
    1. PERSONS OF THE PLAY ANTHONY HARRY ARCHER, Claire's husband HATTIE, The maid CLAIRE DICK, Richard Demming TOM EDGEWORTHY ELIZABETH, Claire's daughter ADELAIDE, Claire's sister DR EMMONS


    2. MRS HALE: (her hand against her pocket) We call it—knot it, Mr Henderson.

      the women had been planning

    3. MRS HALE: (her hand against her pocket) We call it—knot it, Mr Henderson.

      This is the coolest line in anything i've ever read.

    4. a sheriff's wife is married to the law. Ever think of it that way, Mrs Peters? MRS PETERS: Not—just that way. SHERIFF: (chuckling) Married to the law. (moves toward the other room) I just want you to come in here a minute, George. We ought to take a look at these windows.

      not a very loving husband

    5. COUNTY ATTORNEY: No, Peters, it's all perfectly clear except a reason for doing it. But you know juries when it comes to women. If there was some definite thing. Something to show—something to make a story about—a thing that would connect up with this strange way of doing it—

      I wonder if the jury was male or female or both

    6. THE VERGE

      I don't think I understand how plays work

    7. MRS HALE: (with a slow look around her) I wonder how it would seem never to have had any children around, (pause) No, Wright wouldn't like the bird—a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too.

      Hale didn't like John

    8. MRS HALE: I could've come. I stayed away because it weren't cheerful—and that's why I ought to have come. I—I've never liked this place. Maybe because it's down in a hollow and you don't see the road. I dunno what it is, but it's a lonesome place and always was. I wish I had come over to see Minnie Foster sometimes. I can see now—(shakes her head)


    9. MRS HALE: (mildly) Just pulling out a stitch or two that's not sewed very good. (threading a needle) Bad sewing always made me fidgety. MRS PETERS: (nervously) I don't think we ought to touch things. MRS HALE: I'll just finish up this end. (suddenly stopping and leaning forward) Mrs Peters? MRS PETERS: Yes, Mrs Hale? MRS HALE: What do you suppose she was so nervous about? MRS PETERS: Oh—I don't know. I don't know as she was nervous. I sometimes sew awful queer when I'm just tired. (MRS HALE starts to say something, looks at MRS PETERS, then goes on sewing) Well I must get these things wrapped up. They may be through sooner than we think, (putting apron and other things together) I wonder where I can find a piece of paper, and string.

      both women are anxious and feel uncomfortable in the situation

    10. MRS HALE: (examining another block) Mrs Peters, look at this one. Here, this is the one she was working on, and look at the sewing! All the rest of it has been so nice and even. And look at this! It's all over the place! Why, it looks as if she didn't know what she was about!

      stress or anxiety could of been the cause pf her sewing to decline

    11. SHERIFF: They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it! (The men laugh, the women look abashed.)

      these men are disrespectful, they have no regaurd for the women

    12. MRS HALE: Well, I don't think she did. Asking for an apron and her little shawl. Worrying about her fruit.

      she did it i know it

    13. MRS PETERS: (in a frightened voice) Oh, I don't know.

      yes she does

    14. MRS HALE: (examining the skirt) Wright was close. I think maybe that's why she kept so much to herself. She didn't even belong to the Ladies Aid. I suppose she felt she couldn't do her part, and then you don't enjoy things when you feel shabby. She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. But that—oh, that was thirty years ago. This all you was to take in?

      other women in the community didn't really get along with Mrs. Wright, she was strange

    15. She was going to put this in there

      why didn't she?

    16. I'd hate to have men coming into my kitchen, snooping around and criticising. (She arranges the pans under sink which the LAWYER had shoved out of place.) MRS PETERS: Of course it's no more than their duty. MRS HALE: Duty's all right, but I guess that deputy sheriff that came out to make the fire might have got a little of this on. (gives the roller towel a pull) Wish I'd thought of that sooner. Seems mean to talk about her for not having things slicked up when she had to come away in such a hurry.

      Hale is upset with the people investigating because they are making a mess, what is more important?

    17. COUNTY ATTORNEY: Yes—? MRS HALE: (looking about) It never seemed a very cheerful place. COUNTY ATTORNEY: No—it's not cheerful. I shouldn't say she had the homemaking instinct. MRS HALE: Well, I don't know as Wright had, either. COUNTY ATTORNEY: You mean that they didn't get on very well? MRS HALE: No, I don't mean anything. But I don't think a place'd be any cheerfuller for John Wright's being in it.

      not a happy home

    18. Ah, loyal to your sex, I see. But you and Mrs Wright were neighbors. I suppose you were friends, too. MRS HALE: (shaking her head) I've not seen much of her of late years. I've not been in this house—it's more than a year.

      the attorney isn't exactly a feminist

    19. COUNTY ATTORNEY: I guess before we're through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about.

      the attorney thinks she did it as well

    20. SHERIFF: Well, can you beat the women! Held for murder and worryin' about her preserves.

      the sheriff thinks she did it

    21. motive

      once again it doesn't seem like anyone is considering suicide.

    22. she started to laugh, and then she stopped and looked at me—scared

      maybe she realized that it wasn't really a laughing matter or maybe she's just traumatized.

    23. HALE: Well, my first thought was to get that rope off. It looked ... (stops, his face twitches) ... but Harry, he went up to him, and he said, 'No, he's dead all right, and we'd better not touch anything.' So we went back down stairs. She was still sitting that same way. 'Has anybody been notified?' I asked. 'No', says she unconcerned. 'Who did this, Mrs Wright?' said Harry. He said it business-like—and she stopped pleatin' of her apron. 'I don't know', she says. 'You don't know?' says Harry. 'No', says she. 'Weren't you sleepin' in the bed with him?' says Harry. 'Yes', says she, 'but I was on the inside'. 'Somebody slipped a rope round his neck and strangled him and you didn't wake up?' says Harry. 'I didn't wake up', she said after him. We must 'a looked as if we didn't see how that could be, for after a minute she said, 'I sleep sound'. Harry was going to ask her more questions but I said maybe we ought to let her tell her story first to the coroner, or the sheriff, so Harry went fast as he could to Rivers' place, where there's a telephone.

      They didn't even consider the fact that maybe he killed himself

    24. COUNTY ATTORNEY: I think I'd rather have you go into that upstairs, where you can point it all out. Just go on now with the rest of the story.

      well that's going to be hard considering she saw her maybe lover dead up there.

    25. He died of a rope round his neck',

      i still think she killed him and perhaps Hale and John where having an affaire?

    26. I want to see John.' And then she—laughed. I guess you would call it a laugh. I thought of Harry and the team outside, so I said a little sharp: 'Can't I see John?' 'No', she says, kind o' dull like. 'Ain't he home?' says I. 'Yes', says she, 'he's home'. 'Then why can't I see him?' I asked her, out of patience. ''Cause he's dead', says she. 'Dead?' says

      this seems like a very calm response considering the situation, she definitely killed him

    27. she didn't ask me to come up to the stove, or to set down, but just sat there, not even looking at me,

      these woman didn't get along perhaps

    28. I knew they must be up, it was past eight o'clock. So I knocked again,

      she is a nosey woman

    29. HALE: Harry and I had started to town with a load of potatoes. We came along the road from my place and as I got here I said, I'm going to see if I can't get John Wright to go in with me on a party telephone.' I spoke to Wright about it once before and he put me off, saying folks talked too much anyway, and all he asked was peace and quiet—I guess you know about how much he talked himself; but I thought maybe if I went to the house and talked about it before his wife, though I said to Harry that I didn't know as what his wife wanted made much difference to John—

      Hale is rambling, maybe she is avoiding the topic or she is uncomfortable, which would make sense because it is a crime scene.

    30. I went over everything here myself— COUNTY ATTORNEY: Well, Mr Hale,

      the sheriff was cut off, the attorney is confident and seems irritated with the sheriff.

    31. and you know Frank.

      I don't know if this is implying that Frank may not be the brightest but that is what im getting from this line.

    32. SHERIFF: (unbuttoning his overcoat and stepping away from the stove as if to mark the beginning of official business) Now, Mr Hale, before we move things about, you explain to Mr Henderson just what you saw when you came here yesterday morning.

      There was some sort of tragedy or crime

    33. SCENE: The kitchen is the now abandoned farmhouse of JOHN WRIGHT, a gloomy kitchen, and left without having been put in order—unwashed pans under the sink, a loaf of bread outside the bread-box, a dish-towel on the table—other signs of incompleted work. At the rear the outer door opens and the SHERIFF comes in followed by the COUNTY ATTORNEY and HALE. The SHERIFF and HALE are men in middle life, the COUNTY ATTORNEY is a young man; all are much bundled up and go at once to the stove. They are followed by the two women—the SHERIFF's wife first; she is a slight wiry woman, a thin nervous face. MRS HALE is larger and would ordinarily be called more comfortable looking, but she is disturbed now and looks fearfully about as she enters. The women have come in slowly, and stand close together near the door.

      The scene is set and it has a ire feeling, the house is a mess and its a disturbing site. It also made a point to acknoladge that the Mrs. Hale is a large woman so that may be important later.

  2. Oct 2021
    1. or maybe it was how he used fire 15 to describe the trees.

      the land was destroyed

    2. blooming forty years later—

      the child from before didn't recover until forty years later

    3. pastoral

      "(especially of land or a farm) used for or related to the keeping or grazing of sheep or cattle."

    4. a poem I would gift my mother

      the way the man described the town was beautiful

    5. I see a man's pink tongue razing the horizon


    6. No matter where we go, there's a history

      People steal land wherever they go

    7. a child (recently) was blown apart


    8. after stepping on a mine, a bulb, I guess

      was it an explosion or a blessing?

    9. No matter where we go, there's a history of white men describing a landscape so they can claim it.

      stealing land