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How does Florens's character change from the beginning of A Mercy to the end?

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Florens begins the novel as a slave girl who is distraught over the way that her mother has rejected and abandoned her. To clarify, Florens believes that her mother had sold her to Jacob Vaark to settle a debt, a fact which haunts Florens in both waking and sleeping life; she also believes that her mother cares more about Florens's brother than she does about Florens.

Florens, thus, starts out as a wild and emotionally unsteady...

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