Jeannette and Brian wanted helped Rex build the foundation for the Glass Castle. Since they couldn't afford to pay the town's trash-collection fee, they put the garbage in the hole. One night Maureen was too terrified to sleep. She was afraid of the rats. Jeannette kept telling her to stop worrying about it and she turned on the lights to check. They saw a big rat and Maureen screamed. Brian got a baseball bat and Jeannette got a broom to hit the rat. Their dog, Tinkle, caught the rats in its jaws and banged it on the floor until its dead. Jeannette wanted to make her community look nice so she decided to paint the house. Nobody wanted to help her so she could only do half of it. Gennie Sue wanted to know more about California so Jeannette went to her house and told her about it. She also told her about the other places she has been. In Welch there was a lot of fights. Brian and Maureen were fighting the most.
Jeanette and her brother decide to dig a hole to set the foundation for the Glass Castle.
When their parents stopped being able to pay the garage bill, the garbage started to pile up. With the massive hole outback, the parents decided to put all of their trash into it.
With all of the garbage both inside and outside of the house, it was bound that rodents were going to be attracted. A massive rat attacked Jeanette's sister and feasted on their food until their dog killed it.
Since Jeanette was getting bullied at school for her house and garbage heap, she tried to improve her house by painting it yellow, but ran out of paint, much to her horror, and future teasing
Gennie Sue wanted to know more about California so Jeannette decided to talk to her about. She also talked about the other places she has been.
People fought a lot in Welch. There were street brawls. bar stabbings, parking-lot beatings, wife slappings, and toddler whailings.