Disrespectful or irreverent actions towards sacred objects or figures.
Argumentative, Characterized by a bad temper.
Complex; hard to follow; not clear.
Refers to the conclusion of an earlier argument in logic.
Relating to a crime. Criminal.
Bend the knee to the ground. Frequently used in reference to prayer.
Rocks made from the lava of volcanoes. They have hollow insides and around the interior there are white crystals or purple amethysts. Geodes are Jeannette’s favorite type of rock to collect.
The process of carrying a being in the womb.
Scowling, Staring with an angry look on one's face.
Feeling annoyed by supposed unfair treatment.
Lace scarf worn over the head. Popular in Spain and is most often worn by women during traditional Catholic practices.
Sound made by a brass instrument such as a tuba. Characterized by a steady rhythm.
Designed intricately with much detail; showy.
A shawl-like cloth worn mainly in Mexico.
Making a profit by selling sacred things. Often used in reference to the church and its members.
The Green Lantern
A house of prostitution near the highway Battle Mountain. Rose Mary calls the place a “cathouse” in which bad things happen but Jeannette and Brian are confused since they see no cats. Intrigued, Jeannette dares Brian to go up to the porch of the Green Lantern. Brian acquiesces and speaks to one of the women who explains that the Green Lantern is a place where men come and are treated nicely by women. After that day the women in the Green Lantern continue to wave at Brian though Jeannette continues to keep her distance.
A pedal or lever operated by the foot as can be found on a sewing machine.
Charging interest on loans.
A negative term for an individual who wants to motivate a nation to enter into warfare.
The Glass Castle Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Glass Castle is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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