Study Guide

The Glass Castle Part IV, Chapter 10

By Jeannette Walls

Part IV, Chapter 10

  • Mom's brother, Uncle Jim, whom we've never met, dies. So now we'll never meet him.
  • Mom wants to buy Jim's share of their mom's land.
  • Mom asks Jeannette for a small loan. One million dollars.
  • Jeannette practically does a spit-take.
  • That means the land that Mom would never sell is worth one million dollars.
  • The family lived in poverty for their whole lives, and Mom never sold this land.
  • Jeannette declines Mom's request for a loan, and Mom says, "I'm deeply disappointed in you" (4.10.26). Mom's disappointed in Jeannette.