Why is Stephens compared to a woman who would get up twenty times to check the locked front door?
Stephens is a man of unconvincing nature. He was asked to accompany McLeery to the main prison gates. Further he was asked to see that the door was locked as Evans after McLeery had left the cell. Here Stephens behaved like a whimsical woman who would check twenty times that he had locked the front door. Thus Stephens rushed to the cell of Evans to make sure that it was properly locked.