Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 86

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 86

The Visit

  • Mad Dog comes by to visit Billie Jo and see how the super dust storm went for them. She says she didn't think he came to ask her out, but we think we know Billie Jo well enough that we know she actually was probably hoping he was.
  • Mad Dog says he's leaving to go try to get a job in Amarillo, playing music and singing on the radio. He says he loves Oklahoma regardless of the dust and the drought, but Billie Jo knows the score—he's getting out while the gettin's good, yet another person in a long line of those who have left her behind.
  • He visits for more than an hour, then says goodbye and runs home.