An older girl who goes to the Emil Pentecostal Church with Jeanette. One day, after prayer meetings, she kisses Jeanette, and the two begin a relationship when Jeanette is fifteen years old. Mrs. Winterson is suspicious of the two, and one day, at church, the pastor steers his sermon toward an indictment of lesbianism. The girls are separated and Jeanette is made to undergo an exorcism. After her ordeal, she returns to Helen, and discovers that Helen confessed everything, apologized, and was spared the ritual. Jeanette begs Helen to kiss her, but Helen, frightened and upset, turns her away.
Helen Character Timeline in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
The timeline below shows where the character Helen appears in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Church
Chapter 8: The Apocalypse
...yes, because her mother was fearful of and disgusted by sex. After Jeannette’s relationship with Helen, Mrs. Winterson waited and watched anxiously for Jeanette to take another lover, and “inevitably,” Jeanette... (full context)