Study Guide

The Glass Castle Part III, Chapter 9

By Jeannette Walls

Part III, Chapter 9

  • Jeanette and Brian make a new enemy: Ernie Goad.
  • Ernie teases the kids, saying they live in garbage. It hurts because it's true.
  • However, Ernie goes too far when he throws rocks through one of the few windows the Walls family actually has.
  • Brian and Jeannette come up with a revenge plan: they build a catapult from a mattress, some ropes, and a tree.
  • The catapult works, sending an avalanche of rocks on Ernie and his gang.
  • Brian and Jeannette do a victory dance on the corpses of their victims.
  • Okay, there are no corpses. But there is dancing.