The Glass Castle

40. Describe the episode when Jeannette must rescue her father from the bar. Why is this episode so important?

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Jeannette is unable to resist her father's pleas for money and she loans him $30 dollars within a week. To earn back the money, Rex takes Jeannette out to a roadside bar where he swindles a man named Robbie in pool using Jeannette as a distraction. Afterward, Jeannette feels used by her father but when she expresses this Rex says that she was in no real harm, it was just like when he threw her into the Hot Pot; she thought she would sink but he knew she could swim. This episode is important because it illustrates the fact that Rex thought nothing of placing his children in danger, as long as it was of benefit to himself.