There are six characters in Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers:" Minnie Foster Wright, John Wright, Lewis Hale, Martha Hale, Sheriff Peters and Mrs. Peters. The story begins with Minnie Foster Wright arrested for the murder of her husband.
In Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers," Sheriff Peters and Mr. Hale investigate the murder of John Wright, while Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale wait in the Wright house downstairs. Seeking Minnie's motive to kill her husband, the men ironically overlook the evidence of an unhappy marriage that prompted the murder. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters find the evidence where their husbands do not, and discover Minnie's unhappiness. The women keep Minnie's motive and its evidence from the men, who never recognize or understand Minnie's reason for murder.