by Kathryn Stockett
Society and Class Quotes in The Help
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
But I know I'll have to rewrite everything [Aibileen's] written, wasting even more time. (11.82)
At first, Skeeter unwittingly buys into the false stereotype that black women are uneducated and illiterate. She soon learns that Aibileen is a formidable and practiced writer, even though she was forced to leave school in junior high.
"Shame ain't black, like dirt, like I always thought it was. Shame be the color of a new white uniform your mother ironed all night to pay for, white without a smudge or speck a work-dirt on it." (11.99)
Aibileen remembers the shame she feels when she was fired on the first day of her first job as a maid – for forgetting to inventory the silver she polished.