Lori was working on a sculpture for to get a scholarship to Art School in New York. She was sculpting a bust of William Shakespeare.
Rex came home drunk and smeared the mouth of the bust. He told her to stand out more from the crowd. Lori smushed the bust into a big glob; she gave up on it. Lori and Jeannette think up a new plan to get her to New York.
"I've elevated it" (Walls 227)
"I spent days on that and you've ruined it!" (Walls 227)
For 9 months, Lori, Jeannette, and Brian had been saving up money for Lori to go to New York. They stored it in a piggy-bank in their room. Jeannette found it smashed. They confront their father three days later when he came home.
Dad stole the money to keep Lori home!
Jeanette got a job babysitting to try to make up the money. The family she worked for was moving and offered to take Jeannette with them to work for the summer and then would buy her a bus ticket home. Jeannette gives her spot to Lori, with a bus ticket to New York.
You are amazing. I have so many questions to ask you!
I know I am.
"If things don't work out, you can always come home. I'll be here you know that don't you?" (Walls 240)