1).Carrion(Pg 77): Dead and putrifying fish.
2).Ingratiating(Pg 89): To establish oneself in the favor or good graces of others.
1). "Uncle Al may be a tough old crow, but he's no fool."-Metaphor
2). "He bares his teeth and screams long, unhuman haul."-Personification
3). "Thin strips of moonlight filter throught the slatted sidesof the stock car."-Personification
"when I return to the stock car, Silver Star is against the far wall in knee-deep straw. His eyes are glassy, his heart rate high." (Pg 81) This quote shows that he is now the vet in the circus and he is helping Marlena's horse heal his leg.
The emerging theme of this book is Jacob's job as the new vet in the circus.