this is in the document I just transcribed. what a different time! I am surprised these woman were allowed to sign any documents to begin with...but then to be privately "examined". I am sure this just means questioned. this had to be terrifying for the women, though. Did they know this man who privately examined them? how long did this examination take? were the women scared? was the man whose job it was to interview them uncomfortable with the process? had their husbands coached them on what to say? could a wife speak against her husband anyway? and what if he thought she did speak against him? would he take her home and beat her? this just kind of scared me. seriously!