"Three days later, while Lori and I were sitting at GRandma's old upright piano trying to teach each other to play, we heard heavy, uneven footsteps at the front door. We turned and saw dad. He tripped on the coffee table. When he tried to him, he cursed and lurched at us, swinging his fist", (122).
After mom and dad left, Erma became even more cantankerous. If she didn't like the look on our faces, she would hit us on the head with a serving spoon", (146).
"But Lori loved seeing the world clearly. She started compulsively drawing and painting all the wondrous things she was discovering, like the way each curved tile on Emerson's roof cast its own curved shadow on the tile below, and the way setting sun painted the underbellies of the clouds pink but left the piled-up rops purple", (97).
"For the daughter of the town drunk, you sure got big plans", (183).
"He acted as if it was his sworn mission to drive the Walls family out of town", (165). "Ernie Goad appeared and began throwing rocks at me and yelling the Wallses should all leave Welch because we were stinking it up so bad", (165).
"As soon as we'd settled into the house, Mom threw herself into her art career. She erected a big white sign in the front yard on which she had carefully painted, in black letters with gold outlines, R. Mm WALLS ART STUDIO", (97).