Study Guide

The Glass Castle Part III, Chapter 7

By Jeannette Walls

Part III, Chapter 7

  • Jeannette and Brian dig a hole for a foundation because Dad says he will build a real house on the property.
  • Soon, so much garbage builds up that the fam needs somewhere to put it. They dump it in the hole.
  • All that garbage attracts a rat so big that they name it Rufus.
  • Jeannette sleeps with a baseball bat to fend off Rufus.
  • To make the home a little happier, Jeannette decides to paint it yellow. No one will help her, so she only gets about half the front done before an overnight freeze ruins her paint.