What are the three most important quotes said by Jacob Vaark?

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The character of Jacob Varrk, in Toni Morrison's A Mercy, faces numerous challenges throughout his life. He is orphaned and grows up very poor. After inheriting money from a well-to-do uncle, he eventually marries. Unfortunately, all of Jacob's children die—which leads him down a path he is not especially fond of. With the failure of his farm, Jacob turns to slave trading. In the end, he too succumbs to the inevitable: death.

The quotes are not necessarily spoken by Jacob; instead, they are offered to readers as his private thoughts on things which are happening around him.

These were lawless laws encouraging cruelty in exchange for common cause, if not common virtue.

This quote illustrates how Jacob feels regarding the unfair laws which protect whites at all costs. Prior to this line, Jacob's thoughts on the unfair nature of laws made to separate blacks from whites are made abundantly clear. This quote allows for readers to see the internal...

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