By Audrey Andrews
January 21, 1995: Dorothy Joudrie is arrested for trying to homicide her estranged husband. quickly after, Audrey Andrews starts off to jot down her publication. Audrey and Dorothy had identified one another as youngsters, however the id of Andrews with Joudrie is going past purely the coincidence of a formative years acquaintance. It has to do with being subjected to an identical societal constraints put on women and girls in the course of the years instantly following international warfare II, the years within which they'd ready for his or her grownup lives. expectancies, placidly authorized then, are actually obvious as unrealistic and unreasonable. Did those expectancies have a few half in inflicting the tragedy in Dorothy Joudrie’s existence?
while Andrews tried to appreciate why Dorothy Joudrie had attempted to kill her husband, and to put in writing Joudrie’s tale, she started to learn her personal existence, her personal expectancies ― these she had of herself and people others had of her. She additionally discovered that telling the tale of someone is an problematic and sometimes ephemeral pursuit. Any tale she wrote may purely be her model of Joudrie’s event. however, it used to be vital to be as sincere as she may approximately her interpretation of that lifestyles. She decided to teach rigorously and properly the wear and tear that have been performed to 1 lady ― harm that continues to be being performed to many others ― via prejudice, attitudes, traditions and the associations which are nonetheless the root of our society, and of our lives, daily.
the result's a desirable account of occasions top as much as the trial, the trial itself and the impact of Joudrie’s trial at the lifetime of Audrey Andrews.
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Learning to read had been a matter of contention between my mother and me. She resisted my curiosity, my coaxing for help, because as a former teacher, she believed that children who could read when they started school were a nuisance. But during my first month at school it happened suddenly; like magic, the words came alive. I remember resting my chin on my arms as I leaned on the curved counter at the library, watching Miss Auxier print my name, my full name, including Elizabeth, which I liked better than Audrey.
I sang the hymns and said the prayers with a fervour that I realize now was inspired more by a teenaged girl's love of ceremony and sentimentality than by what I thought then was a sophisticated commitment to Christian beliefs. My mother stood silently in the background during my CGIT years. She never expressed overt disapproval, but I knew that she was not quite comfortable with what I was doing. She came to the yearly mother-daughter banquets with me, and any other events at which I had an important role.
Justice LoVecchio was smiling casually, kindly, as he explained this unusual coincidence. There were no smiles from O'Brien and Selinger as they urged the proceedings along as quickly as possible. " Dorothys case was not first today. Lawyers for two young men chose their jury from the pool before Noel O'Brien and Jerry Selinger began. Shortly before the end of this first case, O'Brien brought Dorothy into the room and seated her among the potential jurors. I was sitting on the side, just a few feet away, facing her.