"I'd started seventh grade that fall, which meant attending Welch High School.(pg. 199)"
"By the time she got to Welch High, Dinitia had changed."..."She started drinking malt ale during school." (pg 199)
"Y'all smell something funny?"
After Christmas when Dinitia did not return to school, Jeannette went to her house. "She don't want to see you, " said her mom's boyfriend as he shut the door. "Later, we all learned she'd been arrested for stabbing her mother's boyfriend to death." (pg. 199-200)
"That year I started working for the school newspaper, The Maroon Wave", which was run by Miss Jeanette Bivens... Miss Bivens was Rex's English teacher who convinced him to stay and not quit high school. "Dad had named me after her". (pg 203)
"I tried to remain inconspicuous in the newsroom, but one of the typesetters, a crabbed, chain-smoking woman who always wore a hair-net, took a dislike to me."... "Just like Lucy Jo Rose had done to Mom, she took to spraying disinfectant and air freshener in my general direction."... Miss Bivens and the editor, Mr. Muckenfuss made a deal in order for Jeannette to stay, she would have to take a weekly bath. (pg 204)