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Brian Walls in The Glass Castle

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Brian Walls

Baby Brother

Jeannette is totes proud of her younger brother. She only shares the good things he does, and she portrays him in a very positive light. Jeannette never casts herself or her siblings as victims, but she always makes sure to show Brian defending himself, like when he scares off the girls who are bullying her. "He was proud that he had taken on four bigger, tougher kids, even if they were girls" (2.10.32). Brian is also the only one who says "yes" (2.19.19) when Dad asks if he has let them down.

Because Brian is honest about what a disappointment his parents are, he seems to have an easier time distancing himself from them over time. He's happier not having them be a part of his life as an adult.

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