One of the most poignant parts of The Help is the story of Treelore, Aibileen's deceased son. Aibileen, a writer of prayers her entire life, was writing for herself; she saw writing talent in Treelore and had hoped it could help him make a better life for himself in spite of being a black growing up in the South of the 1950's. He "even start writing his own book, bout being a colored man living and working in Mississippi." His story is told through a combination of flashbacks of actual experiences and Aibileen's memories, spoken as she talks with Skeeter.
Another use of the flashback technique is found in the eventual revelation of the complete story behind the departure of Constantine. Skeeter goes from being mystified about the unlikely initial explanation to being crushed to learn the true reason for her leaving.