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Water for Elephants:  What factors are responsible for Marlena to have met August and married such a violent man? Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

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In Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants , the character Marlena has grown very fond of Jacob by Chapter 17.  As he visits in her dressing tent while August is absent, Marlena tells Jacob that she met August when she was seventeen; during her seventeenth year her parents repeatedly invited young men to the house.  When she learned that her parents planned...

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