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  • Jackson, MS in 1960's Civil Rights Movement
  •  Aibeleen,  Mae Mobley is wet. Don't forget to make the chicken salad, and polish the silver.
  • Yes, Mrs. Leefolt
  • Skeeter-Ole Miss graduate-journalist Aibileen-God-fearing, loving maid Minny-"tell it like it is" personality
  • Miss Skeeter won't tell anyone.
  • I need to look you square in your eyes
  • Yule May, Hilly's maid, is arrested for stealing her ring to pay her twin's college tuition after Hilly refused to loan her the money. 
  • Hilly, it's nothing.
  • Why are you carrying around a law book?
  • She fired me after I refused to go out in the storm and use the restroom. So, I told her to eat my "____".
  • Aibileen Clark is a loving, humble,God-fearing woman working in the Leefolt’s residence, raising her seventeenth white child. She has been a maid since the age of fourteen. Despite the tragic loss of her only son,she has still loved many white babies as if they were her own.  She had always been underpaid and treated with less respect than she deserved. She felt as if she, and everyone else like her, deserved more but she was afraid to speak up.
  • The other maids decide that they are willing to take a chance with their jobs, and their safety, and join the book project. 
  • She decides that she wants to reveal the truth about being a colored maid in Mississippi. Skeeter struggles to communicate with the maids and gain their trust. The dangers of writing a book about African Americans speaking out in the South during the early 1960s hover constantly over the three women. She finally gains their trust, but needs more stories.
  • The book was published anonymously, and was a success. It was filled with their true accounts of their lives as maids...hope and humor. The book empowered them.
  • Trust me, it's not.
  • I feel like the book is about our town.
  • Skeeter researches several laws governing what blacks still can and cannot do in Mississippi, and her growing opposition to the racial order results in her being shunned by her social circle.
  • In an attempt to seek revenge for helping Skeeter, Hilly pressures Elizabeth to fire Aibileen. Aibileen stands up to Hilly, calling her a Godless woman.
  • You is smart, you is kind, you is important.
  • Elizabeth, it's for the best.  You know she's a thief.
  • To expose the world to the deplorable conditions the maids in the South endured, was dangerous, not just for Skeeter, but for any maids who agreed to help.  Minny revealed her "terrible awful” that she did to Hilly to ensure the denial of the book being about Jackson.   
  • When women read the book, they became suspicious that their maids' may have been apart of the scandal. When Hilly read the horrible chapter about herself, she knew it was about her and convinced people that the book was not about Jackson. 
  • Aibileen bids farewell to Mae Mobley and pleads with Elizabeth to give her daughter a chance. Aibileen reflects on the ordeal and finds closure  with her last job as a maid.  She turned out to be a pretty good writer. The book was not written to seek sympathy, but to destroy the power of others by allowing the truth to hit the air. 
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