Study Guide

The Glass Castle Part II, Chapter 25

By Jeannette Walls

Part II, Chapter 25

  • Dad loses his job. How many chapters have we begun this way?
  • The kids fare a little better this time, because Jeanette has a nice teacher who will buy her lunch, and Maureen has friends whose families feed her.
  • Dad is destructive at home, though. He gets drunk and angry and smashes things. The kids have to clean up after him.
  • At Christmas, a tree salesman takes pity on the scraggly family and sells them a tree for a dollar.
  • But after a Christmas Mass, during which he yells blasphemies in church, Dad goes home and burns the tree down, laughing. Merry Christmas to none.

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