Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Okay, MIL gone, another day of work down, and we can finally begin to discuss!
Chapter 6: We are back with circus Jacob. He is introduced to Marlena's horse (and he and Marlena officially interact for the first time) and to August (Marlena's husband and the man in charge of the animals). Jacob quickly ascertains that Marlena's sick horse is in bad shape and might not make it. Big Al orders Jacob to fix the horse and report to August. He is to be paid 9 dollars a week. He still is doing some manual labor and is bringing water to the horses and washes himself with the left over water. August arranges for Jacob to be brought his own water and some fresh clothes. We get to see a little bit of the inner workings of the circus, and it is interesting. We also see August's darker side when he introduces Jacob to a tiger and has the tiger bite Jacob's arm. Fortunately, the tiger has no teeth, but the message is made clear to Jacob not to cross August. We also meet Kinko, one of the performers, in this chapter. Right now he doesn't like Jacob too much. Jacob is invited to dine in August and Marlena's car.
Chapter 7: Jacob attends dinner in the Rosenbluth's car. There is a moment when August has had too much to drink and is dancing with Marlena and a look comes over him. Marlena suddenly looks very afraid. Jacob becomes on alert that something might happen, but then just as suddenly August relaxes. August passes out and Jacob and Marlena talk. She tells Jacob that August has "moments". They have all had too much to drink and Jacob ends up spending the night in their car. He walks back to his car in the morning and finds Kinko in a compromising situation with himself. This makes Kinko like him even less. Marlena comes to check on her horse and finds her not well. Jacob tells her that the horse won't survive. Marlena falls apart and into Jacob's arms for comfort. Jacob tells August that the horse needs to be put down even if it means he gets kicked out of the circus. Jacob puts Silver Star down. Jacob also tells August that they have run out of meat to feed the big cats. August says he will take care of it. Jacob is afraid of what that means.
Chapter 8: We are back with nursing home Jacob. The nurse who is nice to him, Rosemary, is with him when he wakes up. Jacob becomes excited because he realizes that today is the day that "his people" come to visit him and they are going to take him to the circus that all the residents have been so anxious to attend. He reminisces about his wife and kids and how when his wife died his kids were all too anxious to put him in a home.
Chapter 9: We are back in the circus. The train comes to a stop in a town and they realize that they have run out of food for the people to eat. August, Marlena, and Jacob head into town to a diner to get breakfast until food can be brought to the camp. The rest of the people are forced to starve until food finally arrives. August is consoling Marlena because she found out that Silver Star became the meat for the big cats and she is not happy about it. At this stop that train has made, another circus has gone out of business and Benzini Brothers is looking to pick up some new acts from the defunct circus. Jacob, Marlena, and August head to dinner in the food tent later that evening for dinner. Some of the workers of the defunct circus are hanging around hoping to score some food. They are starving. One of the workers starts to ask Marlena to please spare a roll. August won't let her give him anything. She defies him and hands the worker her food. August is so enraged that he throws his entire dinner in the garbage to prove a point. He would rather let his food go to waste than give any to the starving man, and we see yet another glimpse of how cruel he can be. From the defunct circus the Benzini Bros. acquire an elephant. Rosie, is her name. Reportedly she is the stupidest elephant alive.
Chapter 10: Jacob and Marlena are taking care of the other animals from the other circus when Jacob catches Marlena starring at him. He suddenly takes her in his arms and starts dancing with her. They immediately become embarrassed and quite. Everyone is celebrating after all the acquisitions have been made from the circus. Due to Jacob healing Kinko's dog, Queenie, Kinko invites Jacob to drink with him and his friends. Jacob drinks A LOT. He finds himself in a corner and is not quite sure how he got there. Suddenly, Barbara, the performer from the cooch tent appears with her friend Nell and starts doing things to Jacob that we have all dreamed about doing to Rob a million and one times. Next thing he knows Jacob wakes up and is stuffed into a trunk. He has no memories except for he distinctly remembers throwing up on Barbabra. Jacob is disgraced and embarrassed. He also finds the next morning that August is trying get Rosie to move into her own train car and is repeatedly hitting her to do so. It disgusts both Marlena and Jacob, and once again they seek each other for comfort.
Chapter 11: August invites Jacob to go out with him and Marlena in Chicago at the trains next stop. August takes them to a secret nightclub. Remember, this is during prohibition era and booze are illegal. Marlena drags Jacob out to the dance floor. She is wearing red satin and he can't take his eyes off her. During their dance the police come and raid the club. Marlena and Jacob escape together and run away as fast as they can. Once the club is far behind them, they stop to rest and Jacob can't resist any longer and kisses Marlena! She is disturbed by this and immediatley runs off down another street. He hopes that she makes it back okay. Jacob sits at his usual table in the morning to eat breakfast with August and Marlena. August make it clear that he noticed how close the two of them got last night and issues a veiled threat to Jacob.
So now that we are almost half way into the story what do you think? Do you want Marlena and Jacob to be together? How are you reacting to August's character. Dish girls! We want to hear all your thoughts!
This week we will be reading chapters 12-17!