"Son, there's been an accident... An automobile accident...Your parents were involved."
"I'm sorry, son. It was instant. There was nothing anyone could do."
"Joe! Hey, Joe! I got a First of May here. Fresh from the crate. Think you can use him?"
"You're in, kid." "Yep. Now go shovel some s**t. I'll catch up with you later."
While Jacob is taking his exams, he gets news from his professor that his parents died in a car crash.
In this scene, Jacob sees a train passing by, and decides to try and get on it because where the train is going there might be work opportunities, and food.
"Possibly for good."
"How long will he be out?" "Goddammit! Where the hell am I supposed to get another liberty horse midseason?"
Camel, the fat man in this scene, takes Jacob to see Joe, the boss of the working men. Joe looks at Jacob and then goes inside, which indicates his approval.
In this scene, one of the men, Earl take Jacob to go see August and Uncle Al, the bosses of the circus. When Jacob says that if possible, he'd like to work with the animals, Uncle Al becomes angry, and August becomes mocking of him being a college boy. But their demeanor changes once he tells them that he studied veterinary arts at Cornell University because they need a vet and one came to them.
In this scene, Uncle Al, the boss of the circus, finds out that the lead horse of the show will be out for good because it's foundering ("when the connective tissues between the hoof and the coffin bone are compromised and the coffin bone rotates toward the sole of the hoof"), and he gets very angry.
In this scene, August takes Jacob to feed the cats. He tells Jacob to feed Leo the Lion first and then Leo bites Jacob's arm off. Jacob looks at his arm and then realizes that Leo has no teeth. Jacob calls August crazy, but August says that it's just a joke. A little bit later though, August' wife explains to Jacob that August has "moments", which means that he has a dark side.