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Water for Elephants ?5

June 1, 2007

After the collapse of the Benzini Brothers circus and Uncle Al’s having “done a runner” (page 314), Jacob realizes, “Not only am I unemployed and homeless, but I also have a pregnant woman, bereaved dog, elephant, and eleven horses to take care of” (page 317). What expectations did you entertain for Jacob and Marlena’s — and their menagerie’s — future after they leave the Benzini Brothers circus? How do the elderly Jacob’s memories of Marlena and their life together confirm or alter those expectations?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2007 8:38 pm

    I was not at all surprised that the two of them ended up together. Since August was out of the picture, then why not?

  2. Beth permalink
    June 3, 2007 8:23 pm

    I thought it was so funny when they got the horses and elephant! They make quite a pair. Was anyone else surprised they stopped the circus life and worked at a zoo? I’m sure that was what was best for the children, but from Jacob’s point of view, his heart seemed to always be at the circus.

  3. June 4, 2007 8:54 am

    Beth,
    I really wasn’t at all surprised that they stopped working on the circus. As you pointed out, I think the fact that they had children was a bit deciding factor and what better place to go with an Elephant that a zoo. I was disappointed though that his oldest son, who spent his first seven years of life on the circus, forgot to come that day and take Jacob to see the new circus. I guess it all worked out in the end though!

  4. Donna permalink
    June 4, 2007 8:18 pm

    I wasn’t surprised either. Although I think that Jacob’s heart was with the circus he also longed for stability in his life which he lost when his parents died.

  5. June 5, 2007 2:01 pm

    i wasn’t surprised about the change at all, but just smiled through the rest of the book. i would LOVE to invite the 2 of them over for dinner – and Bobo, too – I loved Bobo 🙂

  6. EILEEN DALY permalink
    March 19, 2008 11:42 am

    I CAN’T SEE AUGUST’S SYMPTOMS AS THOSE OF A PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIC. HE IS VERY JEALOUS AND RIGHTLY SO BUT HE ALSO HAS INTERMITTANT EXPLOSIVE DISORDER.

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