Chapter 5 Summary

The story returns to the present, and Jacob reckons that he has fallen asleep. He wipes his tears and tries to pull himself together because the nurse in pink is back to see him. Jacob cannot get a handle on what day it is or what the nurse’s name is. She greets him and tells him he should be happy because he has lived to see another day and because he is going to the circus tomorrow. The nurse then begins her daily routine of checking Jacob. She sticks a thermometer in his ear, and Jacob feels like a piece of meat. He is resentful of this treatment. He tells her he does not want breakfast. As she continues her routine, Jacob catches sight of her nametag—Rosemary. Jacob is proud he can keep up the appearance of lucidity....

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