8. From the perspective of a twenty-first century reader,
the hairshellac system that Skeeter undergoes seems
ludicrous. Yet women still alter their looks in rather
peculiar ways as the definition of “beauty” changes with
the times. Looking back on your past, what’s the most
ridiculous beauty regimen you ever underwent?
OMG, I have permed and dyed hair many many times over the
years. I think it's the "Curly always want to be straight,
Straight always want curly" thing.
9. The author manages to paint Aibileen with a quiet grace
and an aura of wisdom about her. How do you think she does
I think she was using her own history with her childhood
maid to create Abilene. The way she calmed Minny down and
told Hilly off at the end very quietly was great.
10. Do you think there are still vestiges of racism in
relationships where people of color work for people who are
I think as white people we cannot begin to see how their
lives were and possibly still are in some respects. We can
just do our best to leave at peace with everyone regardless
of color. Things are better now but can always improve.
11. What did you think about Minny’s pie for Miss Hilly?
Would you have gone as far as Minny did for revenge?
I thought it was hysterical. Never in a million years would
I have done that nor even ever thought to do it but the
author certainly made Minny definitely be the type who
would do it. It fit her character perfectly.
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