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Jacob: Jacob, trained as a veterinarian, finds his parents die suddenly. His life falls to pieces and he joins the circus. He is the circus vet. He works under August, who at times loves him and at other times hates him. Jacob wants to bone August's wife, Marlena. Later, he does, and without a condom. Guess what happens a few months after that?


August: The guy in charge of the animals at the circus. He has a split personality, can be very nice one moment and mean the next. He's crazy.


Marlena: August's wife. She fears August and is in love with Jacob.


Kinko/Walter: Jacob's roommate, a masturbating dwarf. At first he hates Jacob but later they become friends. Jacob does not enjoy watching Walter stroke his p_nis, however.

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Uncle Al: The head of the circus. Very sleazy. Kills employees who are no longer useful to him.


Rosie: The elephant. Only responds to commands in Polish.

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