October Sky Cover Image

October Sky

by Homer Hickam

Start Free Trial

Student Question

What happened to the black phones in "October Sky" and why?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

After Homer's mother returned home with his dad from the mine accident, she laid him down in bed and simply walked downstairs and ripped the black phone out of the wall and threw it out into the yard.  She then walked upstairs and tore the other black phone out and sent it hurtling outside to join its mate.

It would appear that she had simply reached a breaking point after begging her husband not to go down into the mine and him overruling her wishes again, because he simply had to go down.  After he emerged with a smashed up head and eventually having lost an eye, she's had it with the mine and with his involvement in it.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial