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by Kathryn Stockett
The Help Chapter 3 Summary How It All Goes Down
This chapter is narrated by 36-year-old Minny Jackson. She's at Celia Rae Foote's for an interview, and is very nervous. She swears if she gets this job she'll "never backtalk again" (3.1). Celia turns out to be a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, in her early twenties. Celia gives Minny a tour of the humongous house. Minny learns she's from Sugar Ditch. According to Minny, "Sugar Ditch is as low as you can go in Mississippi, maybe in the whole United States" (3.29). Celia's never hired a maid before. Minny learns that Miss Walters told Celia that Minny's "cooking is the best in town" (3.32). Minny can't believe it, since Miss Walters knows about the pie. Minny asks Celia when she'll have kids and Celia gets nervous and says, "Oh we're gonna have some kids. […] kids is the only thing living for" (3.38). When Celia shows Minny the silver, Minny's sure that Celia heard Hilly's lie and is playing with her. For some reason, Celia thinks Minny doesn't want the job. Minny assures her she absolutely does. Celia offers to pay Minny twice the amount that Miss Walters paid her. The catch is that Celia wants to keep Minny a secret from her husband, Johnny. She wants Johnny to think she can take care of the house and cook by herself. Reluctantly, Minny agrees to keep herself a secret from Johnny. Minny makes her promise to tell him by before Christmas.
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