"Dad had shown us the spot where we were going to put the foundation and basement for the Glass Castle. He'd measured it off and marked it with stakes and string. Since dad was hardly ever home- he was out making contacts and investigating the UMW, he told us- he never got around to breaking ground, Brian and I decided to help. We found a shovel and pickax at an abandoned farm and spent just about every free minute digging a hole." (Walls 155)
"But since we couldn't afford to pay the town's trash-collection fee, our garbage was really piling up. One day Dad told us to dump it in the hole." (Walls 155)
"Around that time, probably because of all the garbage, a big, nasty looking rat took up residence at 93 Little Hobart Street. I first saw him in the sugar bowl." (Walls 155)
"I told her she was letting fear get the best of her, and since this was one of those times that we had electricity, I turned on the light to prove it. There, crouched on Maureen's lavender blanket, a few inches away from her face, was the rat." (Walls 156)
"Neither putting on makeup nor wearing a sheet had much appeal for me, so I played football with the boys , who would waive their guys-only rule and let me join a team if they were short a player." (Walls 159)
"Girl," Ginnie Sue said, "in all my days, I have never seen no one pick a chicken clean like you."