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The Glass Castle Part III, Chapter 17

By Jeannette Walls

Part III, Chapter 17

  • Mom gets another teaching job.
  • This job is a lot like the last one: Mom has trouble writing lesson plans and disciplining students.
  • Once a week, Lori, Brian, and Jeannette basically have to drag Mom out of bed to go to work.
  • However, Mom is finally making money. She buys electric heaters and a refrigerator and food to put in it.
  • But it doesn't last. The money runs out sooner than it should, because Dad takes it to the bars.
  • Mom won't give the money to the kids for safekeeping, so the family regresses into poverty once again.