Study Guide

The Glass Castle Part III, Chapter 8

By Jeannette Walls

Part III, Chapter 8

  • One day, a girl from school named Kathy Pastor makes friends with Jeannette and invites her over for dinner.
  • Kathy's mom, Ginnie Sue, is a prostitute, and Jeannette is excited to meet a prostitute up close and personal. Let's hope not too personal.
  • Before dinner, Jeannette helps Ginnie Sue pick a chicken.
  • Ginnie Sue says, "I have never seen no one pick a chicken clean like you" (3.8.16).
  • Jeannette learns that whoring puts chicken on the table—and chicken on the table is something her own family never has.