Study Guide

The Glass Castle Part II, Chapter 4

By Jeannette Walls

Part II, Chapter 4

  • Jeanette explains that Dad often does "the skedaddle" (2.4.1) because he thinks the FBI is after the family.
  • Mom says it's really bill collectors who are after the family.
  • Sometimes the fam stays with Mom's mom, but she always fights with Dad, and they leave.
  • Mostly, the fam bums around the desert while Dad tries to find gold. He's working on a machine called The Prospector that can uncover it.
  • Dad also has plans to build a wonderful home for the family. It will have all-natural energy and water-purification. The works.
  • Dad will call the house Glass Castleā€¦if he ever builds it.