"You'll never make a fortune working for the boss man." (171)
I can't help it!" "I'm a sugar addict, just like your father is an alcoholic."(174)
"Are you eating something?" (174)
Rex began disappearing for days at a time and when he returned, he would come in with an arm full of groceries. Rex was unemployed and was being offered many different jobs, but he did not want to work under someone.
As food was getting more scarce Jeannette and Brian were having to scavenge and steal food. At school students began making fun of them because of their skinny stature. Jeannette would hide in the bathroom during lunch and wait for another child to throw away their food. Later, Jeannette would eat the food scraps out of the trash.
"Just remember, what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. (179)
One night while Rex was away, the kids and Rose Mary were laying around trying not to think about food. While sitting there Brian noticed his mother was eating something under her blanket. They found that she was eating a chocolate bar without sharing. She said they should forgive her the way they forgive their dad.
"It's a thermostat, you move the lever to make the house warmer or cooler." (179)
Once winter hit Welch, the family had a hard time keeping warm without any coal. They would burn wood, but the house was still never warm. They discovered the house had no insulation. To get some kind of warmth, they went to the laundromat to wash and dry their clothes.
They stayed and folded their clothes for some extra time with the warmness of the clothes. Lori blew up the stove trying to get the fire going by using kerosine.
Jeannette went to a friends house to do school work and found out about a thermostat. She was amazed by it and wished that her family had one in their house too.