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In The Help, what does Minny forbid Skeeter to do in Chapter 17?

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swagy | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2012 at 8:57 PM via web

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In The Help, what does Minny forbid Skeeter to do in Chapter 17?

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iflyhy | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 11, 2012 at 1:29 AM (Answer #1)

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     Actually, the above answer is incorrect. Minny forbids Skeeter from picking up the phone when Miss Celia does her routine of calling and asking to be let into bridge club. It isn't until way later on that she asks Miss Skeeter to put the Pie story in to the book. Skeeter never actually had it in the book and was thinking about taking it out. So Minny would have never needed to have warned Skeeter not to take it out. Hope this clears things up!

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM (Answer #2)

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Minny--an already skeptical participant in the book writing process--forbids Skeeter from removing the "pie" story from the book. She views the story of her revenge upon Hilly as "insurance" against Hilly's ever outing the women of Jackson as the writers of the book. She knows Hilly's arrogance will prevent her from ever admitting to or risking the chance of someone associating her with eating Minny's excrement. This incident demonstrates not only Minny's savvy common sense but also what she is willing to risk for the sake of the truth being published.

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