| Quote #1
The house wasn't nearly large enough for so many people, and life was extremely uncomfortable for them all (1.8)
Uncomfortable ain't the word for it. Four grandparents in one bed! And only two rooms for six people. Sounds just plain unbearable.
| Quote #2
There wasn't any question of them being able to buy a better house – or even one more bed to sleep in. They were far too poor for that (1.11)
Our narrator is sure to tell it like it is. From the get-go, it's clear that the Buckets are broke, which makes the ending of the story, when we finally get to it, all the more wonderful.
| Quote #3
They all looked forward to Sundays because then, although they had exactly the same, everyone was allowed a second helping" (1.12)
A second helping of boiled cabbage doesn't sound like much of a treat. So it's pretty amazing that the family members all look forward to it on Sundays. But that's just it. Despite their unfortunate situation, this family manages to make the best of it. We wish we could say the same for the other families we meet later.