Study Guide

The Help Chapter 3

By Kathryn Stockett

Chapter 3

  • 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.