Water for Elephants Questions and Answers
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What occurs between Marlena and Jacob in Water for Elephants?

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In Water for Elephants , the characters Marlena and Jacob are drawn together.  Marlena is married to August, but it is a bad marriage.  She met him and married him quickly.  By the time she realized who he really was, it was too late.  Her family abandoned her and refused to allow her to return home.  The young girl was forced to live with her violent and temperamental husband in the circus.  When Jacob joins the circus crew, he and Marlena are drawn to one another.  They are similar in age and share...

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