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Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen

Catherine Hale

Character Analysis

Catherine is a woman at Jacob's veterinary school who teases and flirts with him. He desires her but later finds that he desires Marlena much more. Catherine seems to represent the idea of sex and pleasure with which Jacob enters adulthood, but she soon fades away in comparison with Marlena.

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