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What are some quotes about the economy in the novel Water for Elephants?

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Sara Gruen explores how the Great Depression not only affected American citizens, but also the economy in Water for Elephants.

In chapter 2, Jacob Jankowski's plans for the future come to a tragic end after his parents' untimely deaths. Set to join his father's veterinary practice after graduating from Cornell University, Jacob discovers it's no longer a viable option after visiting the family lawyer. During the estate reading, he learns that his parents used their life savings to finance his Ivy League education, leaving him with no inheritance. After the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Jankowski family had no way to supplement their meager income. Jacob also discovers that his parents fell behind on their mortgage because his father accepted beans and eggs as a form of payment so animals would not suffer. Shocked by his change in financial circumstances, Jacob contemplates the lawyer:

I stare at Edmund Hyde, in his expensive suit, behind his expensive desk, in front of his leather-bound...

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