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  • TheOrdinaryWorld
  • (pg64-65)
  • "Aprettypieceof paper,"
  • "Itoldyou.Ididn't meetanybodyI wantedtomarry,"
  • "Adiploma?"
  • "Fouryearsmy daughtergoesoff tocollegeandwhat doesshecome backwith?"
  • TheCallToAdventure
  • "Hey,thereisa letterinhere."
  • "Belowthepicatypeisahandwritten note,inachoppybluescrawl: P.SIfyouaretrulyserious,I'd bewillingtolookoveryour bestideasandgivemyopinion. Iofferthisfornobetter reason,MissPhelan,than someoneoncediditforme." pg83
  • RefusaloftheCall
  • "Idothiswithyou,I mightaswellburn myownhouse down."
  • pg120
  • Skeeterisa22-year-oldprivilegeddaughterofacotton plantationowner.Shejustcamehomefromcollegeandhermom expectedhertohaveahusbandbynow.Skeeter'smomisalways askingSkeeterifshehadahusbandbynow.Sothismakessense tobetheordinaryworldinwhichSkeeterlivesin.
  • MeetingWiththeMentor/Helper
  • "'You'ddothat?Oh MissusStein...' 'I'mnotsayingI'm consideringit.But...do theinterviewandI'lllet youknowifitsworth pursuing.' Istutteredafew unintelligiblesounds, finallycomingoutwith, 'Thankyou.Missus Stein,Ican'ttellyouhow muchIappreciateyour help.' 'Don'tthankmeyet.Call Ruth,mysecretary,if youneedtogetintouch.' Andshehungup.Pg124
  • BeforeSkeeterleftcollegesheappliedforaneditorialpositionin NewYorkCitywithHarper&Row,Publishers,butsheneverheard fromthenuntilnow.ElaineStein,SeniorEditor,writestoSkeeter torejectherresumebutadviseshertofindajobwritingforher localnewspaper.Steinalsowritesthatsheiswillingtolookover Skeeter'spublishingideas.
  • CrossingTheThreshold
  • SkeetergoestoAibileen'shouseattheendofalongworkdayand askshertohelpwiththebook,butAibileenrefuses:"Idothiswith you,Imightaswellburnmyownhousedown."Whenthishappens Skeeterhaslosthopeineverythingthathastodowithherbook. Shecan'tfindanyonetodoaninterviewtowriteherbook.
  • TestsandEnemies
  • "Aminuteandahalf later,I'mringing Hilly'sbell.Ifthese wereregulartimes, I'dtalktoHillyabout Mama.ButIcan't distracther.Itisthe firstmomentthat willtellme everything."pg211
  • SkeeterisdevastatedbyAibileen'srejectionbecauseshehasalready promisedthebookofmaidnarrativestoElaineStein,theeditorinNew York.Skeeterwroteuptheoutlineandliedthatmaidshadalready committedtotheproject.Steincallsitthehottesttopicinpublishing becauseoftheprotestmarchesinBirminghamandMartinLutherKing, butshedoubtsthatSkeetercaneverygetenoughmaidstotellthe truth.Steinsaysshe'llreadit,though,ifSkeetercanwriteit.
  • Ireachnumber25,Aibileen'shouse.I giveonelastlookaround,wishingI wasn'ttenminutesearly.Thecolored partoftownseemssofarawaywhen, evidently,itsonlyafewmilesfrom thewhitepartoftown.pg167
  • SkeeterandAibileenmeetatAibileen'shouseforthefirsttimeto workonthebook,butitdoesnotgowell.They'rebothtoonervous andfearthatiftheywerecaughttogether,they'dbeaccusedof "integrationviolation"whichforbidswhitepeoplefrommeeting behindcloseddoorsincasetheyarehelpingthecivilrights movement.
  • HillypressesSkeetertoincludeherHomeHelpSanitationInitiative,the diseasepreventionmeasureofinstallingseparatebathroomsforthe help,intotheLeaguenewsletter.AttheLeaguemeeting,Skeeter accidentallyleavesbehindherbag,whichcontainsnotesforthemaids' storiesandacopyofJimCrowregulationsthatshefoundatthelibrary. WhenSkeeterretrievesthebagfromHilly'shousetheJimCrow regulationsaremissing.
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