In the beginning of me section we find out that Erma died from a possible suicide. After the funeral was over Rex disappeared for hours and Jeannette when out looking for him, she found him at a bar all drunk. Later that night Jeannette was sitting on the couch by Uncle Stanley watching T.V she later finds out he is a pervert. Jeannette went to her mom and told her what happened but she did nothing. The next day, Brian and Jeannette went outside looking around the edge of the property and underneath a rotten piece of wood they found a ring that was worth a lot of money. They went inside and showed the ring to Rose, she decided to keep the ring for herself, to replace the old wedding ring that Rex took. Jeannette told her mom that this wasn't the way to live. Jeannette told rose she had to leave dad. Rose got all mad and said she couldn't help it, she can't leave Rex because she is addicted to excitement.
Erma had died the last hard snow fall. She had committed suicide.
"Ding-Dong, the witch is dead (Walls 180).
Rex took off for a while, Jeannette went out loking for him and found him at the Pub.
"Hey Mountain Goat!" (Walls 182)
The man at the Pub, help Jeannette get her dad into the truck and drive them both home.
One day Brian and Jeannette were out looking for dry wood, they found a diamond ring in the ground that they brought back to their mom. Then she kept it for herself.
While Rose was doing some yoga, Jeannette talked to her mom about the ring, saying it could get us a lot of food. Jeannette also explained to her mom that it's not right living the way they are.
Jeannette told Rose that she has to leave Rex, But Rose refuses, she is addicted to the excitement.