The Glass Castle

The youngest of the Walls siblings. Maureen’s character is not as well developed as that of the other siblings. Seven years younger than Jeannette, she is a baby for much of Jeannette’s childhood and misses out on the adventures and disasters that the rest of the family has lived together. Later, in Welch, she spends time at her friends’ houses, where she finds the responsible adults and warm meals that are absent at the Walls household. However, Maureen turns out to be the only Walls sibling with serious mental and emotional difficulties. She spends time at a psychiatric hospital before moving to California.

Maureen Walls Quotes in The Glass Castle

The The Glass Castle quotes below are all either spoken by Maureen Walls or refer to Maureen Walls. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scribner edition of The Glass Castle published in 2006.
Part 4 Quotes

I also hoped that Maureen had chosen California because she thought that was her true home, the place where she really belonged, where it was always warm and you could dance in the rain, pick grapes right off the vines, and sleep outside at night under the stars.

Related Characters: Jeannette Walls (speaker), Maureen Walls
Page Number: 276
Explanation and Analysis:

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Maureen Walls Character Timeline in The Glass Castle

The timeline below shows where the character Maureen Walls appears in The Glass Castle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: The Desert
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...a girl at school, but Mom calls that name too “Mexican.” She eventually decides on Maureen. (full context)
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Maureen, the youngest, doesn’t have neighbors her age and spends much of her time alone. Mom... (full context)
Part 3: Welch
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...a skillet at the rat, it hisses at them and they run away. That night Maureen is too afraid to sleep, and to reassure her that she is “surrendering to fear,”... (full context)
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Jeannette, Brian, and Lori begin to sleep with makeshift weapons by their heads, while Maureen spends nights at other friends’ houses. (full context)
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Maureen is the only sibling to have a stable food source, since she rotates among her... (full context)
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Jeannette sometimes feels badly about not taking care of Maureen, so that year, she, Brian, and Lori save for months to buy Maureen a toy... (full context)
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Maureen does, though, seem happier than the other children, with her beautiful face and many friends... (full context)
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...decides to leave everything from the past behind, even her geode, which she gives to Maureen. (full context)
Part 4: New York City
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...her about the family: Dad’s drunk or in jail, Mom’s in her own world, and Maureen has essentially moved in with friends. Although Jeannette thinks of Brian as a country rather... (full context)
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...and Dad call from Welch, usually with new problems to report. When Lori hears that Maureen has fallen off the porch and gashed her head, she decides to bring Maureen to... (full context)
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Lori, Jeanette, and Brian bring Maureen anyway. She lives with Lori, and they enroll her in a Manhattan public school. They... (full context)
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By this time, Lori is an illustrator at a comic-book company, Maureen is in high school, and Brian is working to become a policeman. The entire family... (full context)
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Though Lori and Brian have stable jobs, Maureen never manages to finish college and wanders from job to job and from boyfriend to... (full context)
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One day Maureen comes to see Jeannette, with dark makeup and bleached hair, and mentions Mormon kidnapping cults... (full context)
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Six months later, Mom tells Maureen she’ll need to find a place of her own instead of living in the tenement... (full context)
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The family gets into a massive fight about who is responsible for Maureen’s situation: Lori blames Dad for a toxic childhood environment, whereas Mom blames junk food and... (full context)
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Maureen is sent to a hospital for a year. After she’s released, she buys a one-way... (full context)
Part 5: Thanksgiving
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Mom also mentions that Maureen is thinking about coming back for a visit. (full context)