Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 57

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 57

First Rain

  • One Sunday night, Billie Jo lies awake in bed, thinking about Ma and wanting to leave Oklahoma, when all of a sudden…
  • It starts to rain. Yippee, to say the very least.
  • The next morning, it's still raining and feels all misty and moist and foggy outside. Billie Jo walks to school and contemplates cutting class to stand outside in the rain. We here at Shmoop aren't advocating cutting class, but we totally get where she's coming from.
  • That afternoon, the farmers watch their fields come back to life and savor the dustless moment.