Analysis of SkeeterEugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a hard-working individual, intent on publishing a story revealing the turmoil of African American maids in her town, despite the negativity shown towards these women. In some cases, Skeeter seems sincerely concerned about the treatment of the maids in her town. However, Skeeter's interest in the lives of the maids can be attributed to Skeeter's aspiration to become an editor for Harper & Row, Publishers as well as finding the truth about her former maid Constantine.After her return from college, Skeeter finds her maid and primary confidant, Constantine, has moved away to "live with her people up in Chicago" (80). Constantine was the primary care-taker of Skeeter as she was growing up, and offered Skeeter the self-assurance she did not find from her mother. Constantine was, appropriately enough, a constant in Skeeter's life, and with her departure, Skeeter feels hopeless in the face of "these people," that surround
something bigger than itself."I need to know if this is okay."She whispers against my closed mouthher tongue slides across my bottom lip,testing.I shiver but I don't move forward,I don't move away.She has perfected the art of chestnut skin.'He watches me falland watches me standbefore pushing me down again.'The bruises I leave along his sidesrepresent Orion.The bruises on my hips mean Libra."I'm kind of waiting for Him to take me away."He curls in against me,suffocating me from the forcesthat bang against my window.He jumps in the pool with clothes on,never asking'Mother, may I?'He dresses in red and takes my eyeshadows.She folds the corners of pagesshe has yet to read.I sing her a melody that hits stationsuntil it becomes a something,something bigger than itself."I'm waiting for this to not be okay."I don't say anything,silence taking my sporadic words.