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The Glass Castle Part II, Chapter 17

By Jeannette Walls

Part II, Chapter 17

  • Bad news, guys. Dad lost his job. Again.
  • This one Dad had kept for six months.
  • The family must scavenge for food. Sometimes, they eat margarine as a meal. They can't believe it's not a meal.
  • Mom and Dad fight about the fact that Dad isn't bringing in enough money to care for the family.
  • The fight escalates until Mom goes flying out of the second-story window.
  • Mom yells that Dad is trying to kill her. Dad says she jumped. The whole town stares on, saying they're both cray.
  • Finally, Dad pulls Mom back inside, and they make up, as easy as that.