What is Hilly's past in The Help by Kathryn Stockett?

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Hilly Holbrook has been friends with Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan and Elizabeth Leefolt since their elementary school days. Hilly and Skeeter were college roommates at Ole Miss for two years, before Hilly left school to marry William Holbrook. (Skeeter was the only one in the group who stayed on and graduated...

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Hilly Holbrook has been friends with Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan and Elizabeth Leefolt since their elementary school days. Hilly and Skeeter were college roommates at Ole Miss for two years, before Hilly left school to marry William Holbrook. (Skeeter was the only one in the group who stayed on and graduated from college.) Hilly also went steady with Johnny Foote before she dated William. This explains some of her animosity towards Celia Rae Foote, Johnny’s new, flamboyant, and somewhat ditzy wife. The rest of the explanation is that Hilly established herself as the head of the Jackson Junior League and as a leader in white society in the city. She doesn’t tolerate substandard individuals coming into her circle. She also holds some definite opinions about keeping white and black people separate, especially when it comes to using bathrooms.

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