By Audrey Andrews
January 21, 1995: Dorothy Joudrie is arrested for trying to homicide her estranged husband. quickly after, Audrey Andrews starts to jot down her publication. Audrey and Dorothy had identified one another as youngsters, however the identity of Andrews with Joudrie is going past only the coincidence of a youth acquaintance. It has to do with being subjected to a similar societal constraints put on women and girls through the years instantly following international battle II, the years within which that they had ready for his or her grownup lives. expectancies, placidly approved 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?
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 learn 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 somebody is an difficult and sometimes ephemeral pursuit. Any tale she wrote may perhaps merely be her model of Joudrie’s event. however, it was once vital to be as sincere as she may well approximately her interpretation of that lifestyles. She made up our minds to teach conscientiously and correctly the wear 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 top 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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Be Good, Sweet Maid: The Trials of Dorothy Joudrie (Life Writing) by Audrey Andrews