The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle Pages 140-154 Summary - At the start of this section Jeannette explains how she is bullied. She is surrounded by a tall girl named Dinitia and her gang. As they fight they call Jeannette poor and ugly. One day when Jeannette was walking to a park, she saw a large Mongeral cornering a little boy. The kid tried to make a break for the tree line, but the dog caught up with him and snapped at his legs. Jeannette grabbed a stick and ran at the dog telling it to go away. She then carried the boy home. As they reached his house Jeannette looked across the street and saw Dinitia staring at her. The next day the bullying stopped. In late winter Rose Mary and Rex decided to drive back to Phoenix to grab some things they left behind leaving the kids in Welch. A week after her parents had left Brian followed Erma into her room after she insisted she fix the seam of his pants. Jeannette walked in to see what was going on after she heard Brian crying. Jeannette claimed Erma was touching Brian inappropriately. Lori then followed in. Erma and Lori then ended up in a huge fight pulling each other’s hair, calling each other names, and throwing punches. After this incident the kids were all permanently sent down to the basement. Once Rose Mary and Rex returned Erma explained what had happened when they were gone. She said she could never forgive the kids and didn’t want them in her house any longer. The section ended with the parents finally purchasing a house they could afford. It had a droopy porch, no indoor plumbing, and the paint that had not chipped off turned from what was once white to grey.

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  • "You think you better than us?" (Walls 139).
  • A group of girls led by a tall girl named Dinitia gang up on Jeannette at recess and beat her up.
  • "Do you think they'll come back?" (Walls 145).
  • Jeannette discovers a younger black boy being cornered by a dog as she was walking to a park. The boy is attacked by the dog after trying to escape and Jeannette helps him. 
  • Jeannette carries the boy home and is seen by her rival Dinitia who lives across the street.
  • "There are people in Ethiopia who would kill for a place like this" (Walls 151).
  • Jeannette's parents drive back to Phoenix to retrieve some of the belongings they left behind. 
  • The children are forced to stay in Erma's basement after an incident involving Brian being inappropriately touched by Erma.
  • Rex and Rosemary return and Erma kicks the family out of her house because she can not stand the children. The family moves into one of the most raggedy and old house's in Welch because it is all they can afford.
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