Southern Arizona; (21 April 1963 – 20 April 1964); 3 years old
The first major event that stuck with Jeannette Walls started when she was cooking hot dogs alone at only age three, and she accidentally lit herself on fire. This was definitely an impacting event on her, not only because it is her first memory, but it was also traumatic.
“Juju, our black mutt, was watching me. I stabbed one of the hot dogs with a fork and bent over and offered it to him. The wiener was hot, so Juju licked at it tentatively, but when I stood up and started stirring the hot dogs again, I felt a blaze on my right side.”(9)
Western Desert; (21 April 1960 – 20 April 1965); 1-5 years old
The book revolves around the idea of the Glass Castle, not the Glass Castle itself. Her parents, especially her father, make many promises to her throughout her life, and each one of them is broken or never achieved. The Glass Castle stuck with her throughout her childhood, and the idea, that was never fulfilled, was first introduced to her by her father when she was a very young age.
“All we had to do was find gold, Dad said, and we were on the verge of that. Once he finished the Prospector and we struck it rich, he’d start work on our Glass Castle.”(25)
Battle Mountain, Nevada; (21 April 1966 – 20 April 1967); 6 years old
Although Jeannette Walls had a nomadic family, there were places that her family stayed in longer than others and that she became slightly connected to. Upon arriving in Battle Mountain, Walls took note of the way they adapted to living in the old train depot, as she did with other locations they stayed at for a time. Being a child at that time, Jeannette Walls looks at living in an old train depot as part of her wondrous adventure.
“Mom and Dad’s bedroom was on the second floor, where the station manager once had his office. We kids slept downstairs in what had been the waiting room. The old restrooms were still there, but the toilet had been ripped out...
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