Glass Castle 139-154

Glass Castle 139-154

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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.

Storyboard Text

  • BARK!!!!!
  • WOW! She is actually nice, why am I bullying her???
  • "You ungrateful little shit. I'll be damned if you're eating my food tonight. Get your worthless ass down to the basement." (143)
  • "You’re not supposed to use that word," (143)
  • While Jeanette was visiting a World War I monument, she encounters a young boy being cornered by a furious barking dog. She scares the dog away from the boy. “The dog’s teeth had not broken the boys skin, but his pant leg was torn, and he was trembling, as if he had palsy.”(Jeanette Walls, 142)
  • Dinita, a girl who previously bullied Jeannette, is impressed with the fact that she saved the boy, and no longer wants to bully her.
  • "Erma, you leave him alone!"(146)
  • Jeannette confronts her grandmother Erma about her use  of the N-word which she was prohibited to use by her parents and was taught it was okay to say, and Erma responded very negatively toward Jeannette, not allowing her to eat for the night and to stay in the basement.
  • “Well, kids, welcome to Ninety-three Little Hobart Street!” (150)
  • Rex and Rose Mary make a trip to their old house in Phoenix to retrieve some of their belongings, leaving the kids with Erma. The kids run after the car.
  • While Rex and Rosemary are gone, Erma is left in charge of the children but becomes even more cantankerous.  One day, drunk Emma told Brian that his britches needed mending. Erma said it would be easier for her to mend them, so she brought Brian to her room. Not long after Jeannette hears Brian protesting, and goes to check, she witnesses Erma groping him.
  • Erma forces the Walls to move out of her house, so they move into a worn-down house on Hobart Street in Welch. The house doesn’t have indoor plumbing and is situated on top of a steep hill.
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