Helen is a prostitute and the mother of Jo’s . When Peter arrives and proposes marriage she agrees, leaving Jo on her own. Months later she returns after being kicked out by Peter. Upon finding out Jo’s baby will be black she leaves her once again.
‘Oh, Jo. You’re only a kid. Why don’t you learn from my mistakes?’
‘I don’t know. I’ve always done my best to forget.’
‘He’s got a wallet full of reasons.’
‘I’ll take care of you and see you through it.’
‘You mean to say that… that sailor was a black man? …Oh my God!’