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 e-book. Audrey and Dorothy had recognized one another as little ones, however the id of Andrews with Joudrie is going past only the twist of fate of a early life 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 global conflict II, the years within which that they had ready for his or her grownup lives. expectancies, placidly authorized then, are actually visible 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 jot 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 learned that telling the tale of someone 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 conscientiously and safely the wear that have been performed to at least one girl ― 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 major 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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Extra info for Be Good, Sweet Maid: The Trials of Dorothy Joudrie
They caused me, instead of listening to her, to listen carefully to my CGIT leaders and my home economics teacher when they told us how to be ladies. For in the end, that was what all girls must be. It was what all girls wanted to be. Our home economics teacher taught us about personal hygiene, the importance of wearing a girdle and a brassiere, stylish pencil-slim skirts and sweater sets, and that our hair would shine only if we used shampoo, not the melted Ivory soap that I used at home. My mother's aura of selfpossession and confidence created a distance between us, and very early on I learned not to tell her everything I did.
We had seen the gun, the bullet casings, the bullet holes in Earl's jacket, photographs of his blood on the garage floor. His telling about the incident made it more dramatic, more real. But that was not all he told. I have known since I was a child that some men beat up their wives. My mother had warned me not to go near a house in our neighbourhood where the husband was known to be dangerous. But now I was sitting ten feet away from Earl Joudrie as he described how he beat Dorothy. Both lawyers had to urge him to give the details, and O'Brien, especially, had to insist, sometimes unsuccessfully, that he tell about particularly violent incidents.
At Sunday dinners, after church, our fathers carved the roast; our mothers served the vegetables; we had washed our hands and faces not only for the sake of our health but out of respect for others. Our mothers organized the daily and yearly activities in our families. We learned from them, and not only from society generally, the importance of the gracious wife, the nurturing mother, the healthy, happy, safe home. My mother, like Dorothy's, was a teacher before her marriage. She was in her mid-thirties when she married; by that time she had established herself as a high school Latin teacher and a musician, and she was well aware of her professional identity and her independence.
Be Good, Sweet Maid: The Trials of Dorothy Joudrie by Audrey Andrews