A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell (a short story for intermediate level)

Part 4 (in English).

Words for you:

  • snoop round – looking around (высматривать)
  • all gone – spoilt (зд. испортиться)
  • wiped off – make it clean with a cloth (протереть)

The women stood silently, listening to the footsteps, first upon the stairs, then in the room above them.
Then Mrs. Hale began to arrange the dirty pans under the sink, «I’d hate to have men coming into my kitchen,» she said —»snooping round and criticizing.»

The sheriff’s wife looked around the kitchen. She saw a bucket of sugar on a low shelf. The cover was off the wooden bucket, and beside it was a paper bag—half full.
Mrs. Hale moved toward it.

«She was putting this in there,» she said to herself—slowly.

What had interrupted Minnie Foster? Why had that work been left half done? She made a move as if to finish it,—unfinished things always bothered her. And then she saw that Mrs. Peters was watching her.

«It’s a shame about her fruit,» she said, and went to the cupboard that the county attorney had opened, and got on the chair, murmuring: «I wonder if it’s all gone

It was a sorry enough looking sight, but «Here’s one that’s all right,» she said at last. She held it toward the light. «This is cherries, too.» She looked again. «I believe that’s the only one.»

With a sigh, she got down from the chair, went to the sink, and wiped off the bottle.
«She’ll feel awful bad, after all her hard work in the hot weather. I remember the afternoon I put up my cherries last summer.»

Part 4 (in Russian)

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Part 4 (in English, continuation).

Words for you:

  • make over – remodel (перекраивать)
  • shabby – in poor condition through long use (потрепанный)
  • apron – a piece of clothing that you put on when cooking to prevent your clothes from getting dirty (фартук)
  • jail – prison тюрьма
2 thoughts on “A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell (a short story for intermediate level)
  1. I read to the end but didn’t understand why the man was strangled?

    • Tatiana says:

      You mean, why did she murder him? Looking around her kitchen, the women made their own investigation. In contrast to the men’s words that «nothing in the kitchen would point to any motive» they little by little found some evidence of their friend’s unhappiness: half done things, a bad stove, shabby clothes, rough sewing and the last straw — an empty broken cage. They thought that there must be a dead bird somewhere and when they found it they guessed right. Her husband had been murdering her slowly. But she didn’t want to be dead like her bird!

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