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Jeannette is a rational and driven individual. Supporting quotes: •"I made money babysitting and doing other kids' homework. I did book reports, science essays, and math. I charged a dollar per assignment and guaranteed at least an A– or the customer was entitled to a full refund. After school, I babysat for a dollar an hour and could usually do the homework then. I also tutored kids for two dollars an hour." (pg 224) •"Eventually, even Mom acknowledged that I’d done all right. ‘No one expected you to amount to much,’ she told me. ‘Lori was the smart one, Maureen the pretty one, and Brian the brave one. You never had much going for you except that you always worked hard.'” (pg. 270)
Lori is smart, artistic, and could be referred to as a "bookworm". •"Lori was the smart one," (pg. 270) •Then Lori heard about a scholarship sponsored by a literary society for the student who created the best work of art inspired by one of the geniuses of the English language. She decided to make a clay bust of Shakespeare. She worked on it for a week, using a sharpened Popsicle stick to shape the slightly bulging eyes and the goatee and earring and longish hair. When it was finished, it looked exactly like Shakespeare. (pg 226)
"I need to help fight the Mormon cults!"
Throughout the book Brian shows he cares about and is very loyal to his siblings. • "But we always fought back, usually as a team.(pg 165) •"We told Brian about the escape fund, and he pitched in, even though we hadn't included him in our plans because he was only in the seventh grade. He mowed lawns or chopped wood or cut hillside weeds with a scythe. He worked after school until the sun went down and all day Saturday and Sunday and came home with his arms and face scratched from the brush he'd cleared. Without looking for thanks or praise, he quietly added his earnings to the pig, which we named Oz. (pg. 224)
Rex is reckless, overconfident, and puts his family members in harms way but he justifies it by saying it is for a greater good (like teaching a lesson). •“You can't cling to the side your whole life, that one lesson every parent needs to teach a child is "If you don't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim” (after he threw Jeannette into the water regardless of the fact she didn't know how to swim) (pg 66) •Later that night, Dad stopped the car out in the middle of the desert, and we slept under the stars. We had no pillows, but Dad said that was part of his plan. He was teaching us to have good posture. The Indians didn't use pillows, either, he explained, and look how straight they stood. We did have our scratchy army-surplus blankets, so we spread them out and lay there, looking up at the field of stars. I told Lori how lucky we were to be sleeping out under the sky like Indians.'We could live like this forever,' I said.'I think we're going to,' she said. (pg 18)
Maureen isa young child for a majority of the book but during the last sections of the book she develops serious mental/ emotional problems. She is also "the pretty one" •"She lit one cigarette after another and kept glancing around the room. When I brought up some career possibilities, she told me that the only thing she wanted to do was help fight the Mormon cults that had kidnapped thousands of people in Utah." •" Maureen the pretty one" (pg 270)
Rose is selfish, ignorant, stubborn, apathetic, and seems to be blissfully unaware of reality throughout the book. •"'Mom, it's pouring. ''This is just a drizzle,' she said. 'Monsoons could be ahead!' She sipped her tea. 'Things usually work out in the end.' 'What if they don't?' 'That just means you haven't come to the end yet.'" (pg 259) •'Oh Yeah?' I said. 'How about Hitler?What was his redeeming quality?' 'Hitler loved dogs,' Mom said without hesitation. pg (144)
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