In pages 139 through 154, Jeanette talks about her first day at school in Welch with her parents, but lies, saying it was okay, when really she was being bullied. While out for a walk, Jeannette notices a boy and a dog by the War Memorial, the dog barking and attempting to harm the boy. She scares the dog away with a stick, and brings the boy back to him home. Dinitia hung back from bullying Jeannette after seeing her save the boy from the dog, and she has a newfound respect for her, as she broke the racial barrier by being nice to her black neighbour. Now being friends, Jeannette goes to Dinitia’s house for a day. However, when she returns home, Erma isn’t happy about Jeannette associating with a person of colour, as she holds very racist beliefs Erma uses a racist term to refer to Dinitia, and Jeannette confronts her about it, which makes Erma even more mad. She tells her mother that she hates Erma, but her mom dismisses Erma’s behaviour, telling her to show compassion, as she had a rough childhood. In the winter, Rex and Rose Mary drive the Oldsmobile back to Phoenix to get some stuff from their old house that they left behind. They leave the kids with Erma, which provides an opportunity for Erma to sexually assault Brian when she’s drunk, which leads to a fight with Erma and Lori. Erma banishes the children to the basement out of anger. When Rose Mary and Rex return, Erma explains with bias what the kids did, which makes the parents furious. The parents don’t show any empathy for Brian, and instead condemn the kids for being rude to their grandmother. When Erma kicks the family out of her house, they move into their new house on Little Hobart Street, which is incredibly worn down and small. The house was very cheap and only cost 1000 dollars, but had no indoor plumbing and was situated on top of a steep hill.