The Glass Castle (pages 110-125)

The Glass Castle (pages 110-125)

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After Rex lost many jobs while living in Phoenix, there was no steady income and the family's wealth slowly dwindled. Rex’s alcoholism continued to run rampant as the living conditions of the family worsened. In desperation, the family began stealing the money and clothing they needed. On the night of Christmas Eve, a drunk and ill-mannered Rex causes the family to be forcefully removed from the mass Rose Mary had brought them to. Upon their return home, Rose Mary gifts Rex a new lighter which he uses to light the tree on fire, burning it and all the presents beneath it. The kids cried out in dismay as Rex laughed at what he had done. The family once again is forced to shut down and close off from Rex’s actions. Later, that spring, Jeannette turned 10. Now being in the double digits, Rex was happy to offer her anything she could ever want. In response to this opportunity, Jeannette asked for her father to become a sober man. After some deep thought, Rex then decided to lock himself in his bedroom for the next few days, restrained, to suffer through the effects of withdrawal without any temptations. Through his agonizing screams, Jeannette remained outside his door with an orange juice jug filled with water, for whenever he may need it. Once Rex is sober, he decides the family should take a road trip to the Grand Canyon. However, the fun trip takes a turn for the worse when, on the way, Rex drives so fast that the car breaks down. With their road trip ruined and no car, the family has no choice but to walk and hitchhike eighty miles back to Phoenix. After hours of walking, a reluctant Rex was forced to accept help from a travelling woman. When they return, Rex begins drinking again, and the family becomes frustrated with him and with their life in Phoenix. Rose Mary acquires a new car and makes plans to leave city life behind her. She wants to relocate the family across the country to West Virginia, where Rex's parents live. On the day of their departure, Rex refuses to go with them, but the kids beg him to come until he agrees to come along.

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  • "Faster than the speed of light!" Walls 119
  • "How fast do you think we can go?"
  • "We can walk! It's only 80 miles!"
  • "How will we get home with no car?"
  • "Dad, please come, we need you!" (Walls 125)
  • "I'm sick of Phoenix! We're going to West Virginia."
  • The family takes a road trip to the Grand Canyon. On the way there, Jeannette urges Rex to drive faster and faster.
  • Rex drives so fast the car breaks down. The family now has no way to get back home to Phoenix, unless they walk or hitchhike.
  • Tired of living in Phoenix, Rose Mary decides to take the family to West Virginia. She buys them a rickety new car, but Rex refuses to come along. The kids beg him until he changes his mind.
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