By Audrey Andrews
January 21, 1995: Dorothy Joudrie is arrested for trying to homicide her estranged husband. quickly after, Audrey Andrews starts to write down her booklet. Audrey and Dorothy had identified one another as teenagers, however the id of Andrews with Joudrie is going past simply the coincidence of a youth acquaintance. It has to do with being subjected to an analogous societal constraints put on women and girls through the years instantly following global struggle II, the years during which they'd ready for his or her grownup lives. expectancies, placidly approved then, are actually obvious as unrealistic and unreasonable. Did those expectancies have a few half in inflicting the tragedy in Dorothy Joudrie’s existence?
whilst Andrews tried to appreciate why Dorothy Joudrie had attempted to kill her husband, and to put in writing Joudrie’s tale, she started to study her personal lifestyles, her personal expectancies — these she had of herself and people others had of her. She additionally discovered that telling the tale of an individual is an problematic and infrequently ephemeral pursuit. Any tale she wrote may perhaps simply be her model of Joudrie’s adventure. however, it was once vital to be as sincere as she might approximately her interpretation of that existence. She made up our minds to teach rigorously and safely the wear and tear that have been performed to at least one lady — harm that continues to be being performed to many others — via prejudice, attitudes, traditions and the associations which are nonetheless the basis of our society, and of our lives, daily.
the result's a desirable account of occasions best as much as the trial, the trial itself and the influence of Joudrie’s trial at the lifetime of Audrey Andrews.
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