And then, just like that, just like we've gotten used to throughout this whole book, the dust returns.
This time, it pretty much breaks Billie Jo's spirit. She was so hopeful that the dust was gone that she stripped the tape off the windows that kept it out of the house. Now, it's a mess again, and she can't even begin to think about cleaning it up.
Mrs. Love is taking applications for the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization that gives work to men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four. Billie Jo is both the wrong gender and the wrong age though, and feels discouraged.
Again she begins thinking about going far from home.