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THE GLASS CASTLE BOOK REVIEW BY JEANETTE WALLS
This section reinforces what hypocrites Rex and Rose Mary are in how
they view their world, their children, and the people with whom they must
associate. Dad is angry enough to kill the pervert, but won’t lock the
house to keep them out, not even when little Maureen has nightmares, and
Jeannette is molested. They are devout Catholics, but they never follow
the commandments and are often thrown out of Mass. They label their neighbors
as weird, but there is no weirder family than the Walls family!
Finally, city life begins to get to Dad once more. He misses the wilderness, so once they hear on the radio that a woman had been surprised by a mountain lion on her property, Dad decides to take the kids somewhere they can learn that the lion has rights, too. He wants them to know as well that no animal is dangerous if you know how to handle it. So, he takes them to the zoo. Mom says the animals there have turned in freedom for security, so she has to pretend she doesn’t see the bars when she looks at them. The sight of them makes Jeannette’s throat swell up with sadness.
First, Dad has a staring contest with a bull alligator, and it actually
seems like the alligator blinks first. The lone cheetah in the zoo paces
back and forth and is reminiscent of Dad caged in the city. Then, Dad
goes over to the bars of the cheetah’s cage and sits down instead of staying
behind the barrier. First, he puts his hand on the bars and then slowly
puts it between the bars and rests it on the cheetah’s neck. Then, he
gives the animal a hardy, vigorous petting like you’d give a big dog.
Then, he guides Jeannette’s hand to the cheetah’s neck, and he turns and
licks her hand. One woman watching all this then screams that Dad should
be arrested, so Dad says the civilians are revolting, and they have to
leave. The security guard escorts them out while Jeannette can hear people
talking about the drunken man and his dirty urchin children. She thinks,
“Who cares what they think? None of them had ever had their hand licked
by a cheetah.”
The reader cannot help but be struck once again at the contrasts Rex and Rose Mary present. They take the chance of their children being attacked by a cheetah, but they give them the wondrous experience of having this wild animal lick their hand.
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