While the Walls family was living in extreme poverty on 93 Little Hobart Street in Welch, West Virginia, a government agent was informed of their living conditions and went out to speak with Rex and Rose Mary. When he arrived only Jeannette was home. Jeannette was afraid that he would split the family up and told him that she wasn't being neglected before telling him to come back when her parents were home. The child-welfare worker never returned but his appearance caused Jeannette to ask Rose Mary to do something about their situation. Rose Mary got a job as a teacher so they would be able to afford food and other necessities. Despite this, Rex and Rose Mary ended up spending all of her money on alcohol and furniture and the family still wasn't able to live comfortably or eat regularly.
No one's neglecting us. (Walls 193)
I'll get a job, Jeannette! (Walls 195)
The Walls family was living in a run-down house in West Virginia and they were very unhappy with the conditions they lived in.
When Jeannette was the only one home, a government worker came to the house and asked her if her parents were neglecting her and her siblings. She was unwilling to answer his questions.
Jeannette told her mother about the child-welfare man's visit. Jeannette didn't want the government to separate her from her siblings and asked her mother to do something to help.
Mom, what happened to it all? (Walls 198)
The kids began cleaning up the house in case the child-welfare man returned but he never did.
Rose Mary reluctantly started teaching again so that the family could make some money.
The family ran out of money again and they were forced to eat ice cream for dinner. Jeannette reacted in shock when she realized that, despite having a source of income, they still didn't have food.