By Audrey Andrews
January 21, 1995: Dorothy Joudrie is arrested for trying to homicide her estranged husband. quickly after, Audrey Andrews starts to put in writing her ebook. Audrey and Dorothy had recognized one another as young ones, however the id of Andrews with Joudrie is going past basically the coincidence of a adolescence acquaintance. It has to do with being subjected to a similar societal constraints put on women and girls throughout the years instantly following global conflict II, the years within which that they had ready for his or her grownup lives. expectancies, placidly permitted then, at the moment are noticeable as unrealistic and unreasonable. Did those expectancies have a few half in inflicting the tragedy in Dorothy Joudrie’s lifestyles?
while Andrews tried to appreciate why Dorothy Joudrie had attempted to kill her husband, and to write down 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 learned that telling the tale of an individual is an tricky and infrequently ephemeral pursuit. Any tale she wrote may perhaps in simple terms be her model of Joudrie’s adventure. however, it used to be vital to be as sincere as she may possibly approximately her interpretation of that existence. She decided to teach rigorously and effectively the wear and tear that were performed to at least one girl ― harm that remains 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 best as much as the trial, the trial itself and the impression of Joudrie’s trial at the lifetime of Audrey Andrews.
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We had discovered during the lunch break that Earl would testify in the afternoon. The same few people who were there each day were present, as well as a man and woman who I assumed were related to Earl, and armed policemen, whom we had not seen before. They were there to protect Earl from Dorothy. Len Sali, a corporate lawyer, and one of Earl's party, slipped 38 Be Good, Sweet Maid: The Trials of Dorothy Joudrie quickly, several times, in and out of the courtroom through a private door at the side.
But, like many other children, I had a private life long before I was in my teens. When I was in grades five and six I knew a quiet, rather sad and solitary girl, Ruth, whose home was much more luxurious than those my family and friends' families could afford. It was a large house, with shiny, new, white appliances in the spotless, tiled kitchen; soft rugs throughout the rest of the house, even on the stairs; heavy velvet drapes and deep cushioned furniture; and a new record player in the living room.
I wanted to ask the journalist beside me. Everything was happening so quickly. Mr. Selinger arranged for a chair to be put in the witness box, saying that Mr. " Mr. Selinger asked him how we should pronounce his name. Mr. Selinger asked him to tell the whole story. Such deference! This witness—Earl Joudrie himself, the man Dorothy says she will always love, the man she tried to murder—began to speak. I recognized Earl just as I had Dorothy. His hair is thinner, his face has broadened, as men's faces do as they age, and he has gained weight which is exaggerated somewhat by the way he stands.