Hi! My name is Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, but you can call me Skeeter.
I got the name Skeeter from my brother the day I was born. He said I looked like a skeeter
The Independant Skeeter Phelan
I'm a graduate from 'Ole Miss. I want to be a successful writer despite what my Mother wants.
My biggest strength is being able to see right from wrong and call someone out for being wrong.
I got this strength from my maid Constantine. she taught me everything I know.
"I was not a cute baby. When I was born, my older brother, Carlton, looked at me and declared to the hospital room, 'it's not a baby, it's a skeeter!' and from there the name stuck." (66)
"I'll never be able to tell mother I want to be a writer. She'll only turn it into yet another thing that separates me from the married girls." (65)
My biggest goal right now is to get the writing job I've been hoping for.
"All my life I'd been told what to believe about politics, coloreds, being a girl. But with Constantine's thumb pressed in my hand, I realized I actually had a choice in what I could believe." (74)
Skeeter Phelan: Determined
"Four years my daughter goes off to college and what does she come home with?' she asks. 'a diploma?' 'a pretty piece of paper,' Mother says." "I told you. I didn't meet anybody I wanted to marry,' I say." (64)
She just wants me to find a man and get married, but I ain't too worried about it.
One big conflict in my life is my mother. We hardly agree on anything. Especially me gettin' married.
I'm just trying to focus on my writing career... nothin' else.
"He sighs heavily, hands me a thick folder of papers. 'I guess you'll do. Miss Myrna's gone shit-house crazy on us, drunk hairspray or something. Read the articles, write the answers like she does, nobody'll know the damn difference." (86)
I've gotten a job to hold for now, but I have to do really well in order to get a good reference.
Skeeter Phelan is more determined and independent than anyone in the entire novel. She has great work ethic and always finds a way to break through her obstacles. She's very strong and isn't afraid to state her opinion, stand up for herself, or call someone out for being wrong.