The Help


Kathryn Stockett

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Miss Hilly’s college-educated maid who steals a ring to pay for her twins’ college education. Yule May asked Miss Hilly for a loan, but when she refused, she resorted to theft in order to give her boys the opportunity to get an education. In revenge, Miss Hilly has her thrown in jail. Miss Hilly’s heartless dealings with Yule May, a beloved member of the black community, motivates the other maids to tell Skeeter their stories in order to try to fight against the racism that black domestic workers face.

Yule May Quotes in The Help

The The Help quotes below are all either spoken by Yule May or refer to Yule May. 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:
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Chapter 14 Quotes

But this bag is different. Even what would fit me in that paper sack, I can’t wear. Can’t give to my friends either. Ever piece in that bag—the culotte pants, the shirt with the Peter Pan collar, the pink jacket with the gravy stain on it, even the socks—they all got the letters H.W.H. sewn in. Red thread, pretty little cursive letters. I reckon Yule May had to sew them letters. Wearing those, I’d feel like I’s personal-owned property a Hilly W. Holbrook.

Related Characters: Aibileen Clark (speaker), Hilly Holbrook, Yule May
Page Number: 220
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Chapter 34 Quotes

I walk out the back door, to the terrible sound a Mae Mobley crying again. I start down the driveway, crying too, knowing how much I’m on miss Mae Mobley, praying her mama can show her more love. But at the same time feeling, in a way, that I’m free…Freer than Miss Leefolt, who so locked up in her own head she don’t even recognize herself when she read it. And freer than Miss Hilly. That woman gone spend the rest a her life trying to convince people she didn’t eat that pie. I think about Yule May setting in jail. Cause Miss Hilly, she in her own jail, but with a lifelong term.

Page Number: 521
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Yule May Character Timeline in The Help

The timeline below shows where the character Yule May appears in The Help. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
Racism Theme Icon
At Aibileen’s all-black church, the community meets to pray for Medgar Evers. Aibileen sits behind Yule May , a college-educated maid who works for Miss Hilly. Aibileen hasn’t asked Yule May to... (full context)
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...shot like dogs in the street. When the preacher says pray, the man stomps off. Yule May just shakes her head. (full context)
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Writing, Storytelling, and Freedom Theme Icon
After the prayer meeting, Aibileen asks Yule May about her college days and tells her that she’s been doing some writing herself. Yule... (full context)
Chapter 19
Racism Theme Icon
...time. When Skeeter’s mother is out of earshot, Pascagoula whispers to Skeeter that Hilly’s maid, Yule May , has agreed to be interviewed for the book. (full context)
Racism Theme Icon
A few days later, Skeeter gets a letter from Yule May . She writes that she didn’t have enough money to send both her twins to... (full context)
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Gender and the Home Theme Icon
Help vs. Hypocrisy Theme Icon
That night, Skeeter goes to Aibileen’s where her church has gathered to pray for Yule May . They have started a fund to put both of her boys through college. Aibileen... (full context)