“‘I want to interview you. About what it’s like to work as a maid.’” (Pg 119)
Refusal of the Call
"‘No ma’am.'” (Pg 120)
“I lost my own boy, Treelore, right before I started waiting on Miss Leefolt. He was twenty-four years old. The best part of a person’s life. It just wasn’t enough time living in this world.” (Pg 2). Describing Aibileen's past and why she is the way she is.
Meeting with the Mentor/Helper
“‘I don’t… I guess you’ll just have to… trust me.’ (Pg 142)
When Skeeter comes to Aibileen with an idea about writing a book. She needs AIbileens help, but Aibileen does not think she could take such a risk.
Crossing the Threshold
“ I sigh, stare out at the yard. Gentle as I can, I say, ‘No ma’am.'” (Pg 120). In Aibileen's home, after Skeeter says “‘Please, will you at least think about it?’” Aibileen cannot take such risks.
Tests and Enemies
“‘I don’t… I guess you’ll just have to… trust me.’ I hold my breath, hoping, waiting. There is a long pause.” Aibileen calls Skeeter and changes her mind about helping her with the book. SHe realizes it could be a good thing to tell her story.
“‘Law have mercy. I reckon I’m on do it.’” (Pg 142)
“‘Sorry’, she says and hold the top down. ‘I ain’t never had a white person in my house before.” (Pg 168). Miss Skeeter comes over for the first time to start the interview, and Aibileen is uncomfortable with the idea.
“‘Sorry, I ain’t never had a white person in my house before.” (Pg 168)
“‘What makes you think colored people need your help?’ Minny stands up, chair scraping. ‘Why you even care about this? You white.’” (Pg 191). Minny is very hesitant about working with a white lady where they could be caught and face serious consequences.
“‘What makes you think colored people need your help? Why you even care about this? You white.’” (Pg 191)