Skeeter’s childhood maid, Constantine is like a second mother to her, providing love and compassion. The novel begins in the months after Constantine has left Jackson for Chicago without telling Skeeter. Throughout the novel, Skeeter tries to find out what happened to her, eventually learning the truth from Aibileen. Ashamed that her daughter Lulabelle was pale-skinned, Constantine gave her up for adoption when she was four. But Constantine feels guilt over this moment of weakness and ultimately tries to redeem herself by leaving Jackson to go live with her estranged daughter in Chicago. Over sixty years old, Constantine only lives in Chicago for three weeks before she dies.
Constantine Bates Quotes in The Help
The The Help quotes below are all either spoken by Constantine Bates or refer to Constantine Bates. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Berkley Books edition of The Help published in 2009.).
Chapter 5 Quotes
“Now you look a here, Eugenia”—because Constantine was the only one who’d occasionally follow Mama’s rule. “Ugly live up on the inside. Ugly be a hurtful, mean person.”
Related Characters: Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (speaker), Constantine Bates (speaker), Charlotte Phelan
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Constantine Bates Character Timeline in The Help
The timeline below shows where the character Constantine Bates appears in The Help. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and Aibileen quickly dispatches the answers. Before she leaves, Skeeter asks if Aibileen knew why Constantine, a well-known and beloved woman in the black community, would quit and move away. Aibileen... (full context)
...them, Aibileen tells Skeeter that it’s wrong that she doesn’t know the truth about why Constantine left. Aibileen says her mother, Charlotte Phelan, fired Constantine because of something to do with... (full context)
...never come to her house again. Lulabelle spits in her face. Charlotte, even angrier, tells Constantine she cannot work in their home if she stays in touch with her daughter. Unwilling... (full context)
...is leaving for New York tomorrow, but with a one-day layover in Chicago to visit Constantine’s grave. Before Skeeter leaves, Aibileen says, “Go to New York, Miss Skeeter. Go find your... (full context)