A Mercy

Throughout the book, various narrators pay attention to Florens’s shoes. Florens gets her first pair of shoes, a pair of D’Ortega’s wife’s broken heels, in Maryland. Florens’s mother tells her they are impractical…

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In A Mercy, Jacob’s quest to acquire enough wealth to build an enormous, opulent house becomes an obsession around which the rest of the characters and the plot revolve. Jacob’s desire for a…

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Throughout A Mercy, Morrison brings up the concept of orphans, referring to many of her characters as such. As a child, Jacob was an orphan, making him especially sympathetic to other people who seem…

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