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Water for Elephants Chapter 16

By Sara Gruen

Chapter 16

  • Jacob is back in the nursing home. The nurse, Rosemary, says he's been talking, but he doesn't know what he's been saying.
  • Our old friend is uncomfortable, and then sad. He worries about holding on to his mind and his sense of self.
  • Rosemary goes in search of the doctor while Jacob tries to relax. He thinks about how he's becoming more forgetful. His whole family seems alien to him.
  • He tries to remember what he was talking about with Rosemary, and has even more trouble. Poor guy.