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What are some of Jacob's complaints in chapter 8? Are the complaints legitimate? Why or why not?

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In chapter 8 of Water for Elephants, we are back in the present with an older Jacob. His life in the nursing home isn’t anywhere near as exciting or fulfilling as the past, when he was young. He has many complaints about the nursing home, from the food they feed him to the fact that people treat him like they know what he needs and wants better than he does.

The chapter starts with an exchange between Jacob and Rosemary, who is one of the nurses in the...

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