Remaining silent on the evidence they find, the women protect both Minnie and the stereotype of women being docile creatures, inherently manipulating the men. By deceiving the men, the women illustrate Gilbert and Gubar’s analysis of women having a “monster” within themselves while appearing to be angelic (Gilbert and Gubar 29). Through their deception, they break their designated angel status. Not only do Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale break from society but Minnie also “breaks out of that fateful pattern of meaningless and oppressive existence [of femininity] gaining at least an inner freedom…” (Bach 40). Minnie halts the abuse in her house before it can put an end to her completely. As the men come down from their investigation of the attic, the county attorney asks the women what Minnie was planning on sewing, believing that the shaky needlework was all that they found and were interested in. Mrs. Hale replies, “We call it— knot it, Mr. Henderson” (Glaspell 920). In answer to him, the women play along with what he expects and supply an answer he would approve, throwing him off what they really found. With the hidden strength the women gain, the murder of Mr. Wright empowers them.