By Audrey Andrews
January 21, 1995: Dorothy Joudrie is arrested for trying to homicide her estranged husband. quickly after, Audrey Andrews starts off to write down her publication. Audrey and Dorothy had identified one another as teenagers, however the id of Andrews with Joudrie is going past purely the coincidence of a adolescence acquaintance. It has to do with being subjected to an analogous societal constraints put on women and girls in the course of the years instantly following global struggle II, the years within which they'd ready for his or her grownup lives. expectancies, placidly accredited then, at the moment are 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 write down Joudrie’s tale, she started to research 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 elaborate and infrequently ephemeral pursuit. Any tale she wrote may well purely be her model of Joudrie’s adventure. however, it was once vital to be as sincere as she may well approximately her interpretation of that lifestyles. She decided to teach rigorously and appropriately the wear and tear that were performed to 1 girl — harm that remains 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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