The Glass Castle

Describe Jeannette's first encounter with her grandmother (pg. 130-131). What is the contrast between what she expected and what actually occurred? What new conflict is revealed?

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Jeannette was excited to meet her grandparents, but shocked when Erma wouldn't allow the children to call her Grandma, and she saw the place in which they were going to live. Jeannette sees no resemblance between Rex and his parent. The biggest conflict Jeaannette faces comes when she befriends Dinitia.

From here, racial differences become more pronounced. In Welch, the expectation is that the races will remain separate. Though segregation is no longer legal, public facilities, like the swimming pool, maintain defacto separation. The African Americans arrive during the morning when there is no entrance fee while white people swim during the afternoon when the fee is charged. Jeannette develops a friendship with Dinitia, a black girl, which causes trouble with her Grandmother Erma and her Uncle Stanley. Jeannette defends her position that the races are not different from each other which greatly upsets her grandmother.