Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Janie Crawford Character Analysis

The novel's heroine, Janie is both the narrator and protagonist of her story. Of mixed-race origins, Janie is the object of much attention for her notably light black skin and physical beauty. But behind Janie's beauty is where her true character lies: she is headstrong, determined to achieve fulfillment on her quest for independence, spiritual nourishment, and self-expression.

Janie Crawford Quotes in Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Their Eyes Were Watching God quotes below are all either spoken by Janie Crawford or refer to Janie Crawford. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harper Perennial edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God published in 2006.
Chapter 2 Quotes

She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage!

Related Characters: Janie Crawford
Related Symbols: The Pear Tree
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:

Here, Janie explains to Pheoby that her "conscious life" begins with the pear tree: a young Janie lies under the blooming and buzzing tree for hours at a time, watching the communion of flowers and bees. 

This becomes one of the novel's central images, informing Janie's understanding of a reciprocated romantic love. Neither bee nor flower dominates or hurts the other — they are equals, united in their embrace. Of course, Hurston's language here is as lush and abundant as the tree itself and she zeroes in on the smallest, sexualized details (including "the dust-bearing bee" and "the thousand sister-calyxes"). Even the exclamation mark after "marriage" mirrors the tree's pseudo-sexual climax, its "ecstatic shiver."

Janie witnesses this insemination, this marriage, at a young age and yet cannot find the same beauty in her own relationships with Logan and Jody, neither of whom treats her as an equal. Even Janie's posture — she stretches under the tree — matches the "arch" of the flowers towards the insect. Only Tea Cake truly loves Janie as a bee loves a blossom, stirring up in her a "soul-crushing love."


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"Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out. Maybe it's some place way off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don't know nothin' but what we see…De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see."

Related Characters: Nanny Crawford (speaker), Janie Crawford
Related Symbols: Mule
Page Number: 14
Explanation and Analysis:

When Nanny catches sight of Janie kissing Johnny Taylor, she calls her in to the house and broaches the topic of marriage. Janie is a woman now, she explains, and she should therefore marry a "decent" suitor like Logan Killicks, rather than someone "trashy." Janie's resistance leads Nanny to describe their world's social hierarchy: white men at the top, black women at the bottom. 

Hurston here introduces the symbolic mule, which comes to stand for victimization, particularly that of many of the novel's black women. Again and again Janie pushes back against her fate, a life of thankless physical and emotional labor without freedom or joy. Logan Killicks, her first husband, even buys her a mule and Janie sees her own plight reflected in the animal. 

Not only does this section have symbolic value, but it also raises questions about Hurston's endless shifts between dialect and a more traditional narrative voice. In this way, Hurston puts the two styles on a single plane, proving to her contemporaneous readers that all dialects have equal literary merit. As they navigate this complicated text, one in which no register is ever stable, readers must remain engaged and attentive — authority, particularly in the novel's world, can reside within grammar and diction.

Chapter 3 Quotes

She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Logan Killicks
Page Number: 25
Explanation and Analysis:

In Chapter 3, Janie discusses her romantic woes with Nanny: now three months married, Janie still feels no affection for Logan. Nanny encourages her to "wait awhile," and yet in the privacy of her room, she prays for Janie's future. Nanny dies at the end of the chapter, and Janie begins "to stand around the gate and expect things" again. 

Here, the narrator associates womanhood with disillusionment — Janie only becomes a woman when she understands that marriage does not "compel love like the sun the day." Readers can consider this definition in conjunction with Nanny's earlier one, her conviction that Janie is a woman because she has kissed Johnny Taylor. 

The relationship between marriage and love is a thorny, messy one throughout the novel, following Janie's first experience of the pear tree. She sees the love shared by bees and flowers and thinks: So this was marriage! Yet she goes on to enter, and then leave, two unfortunate marriages, both devoid of passion and mutual respect. Hurston hardly wants to prove Janie wrong; instead, she encourages us to consider the complexity of marriage, at once a legal contract and an emotional one.

Chapter 4 Quotes

Janie pulled back a long time because he did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for far horizon.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Jody Starks
Related Symbols: The Horizon, The Pear Tree
Page Number: 29
Explanation and Analysis:

Janie meets Jody Starks while Logan is away, buying a second mule in Lake City. She is intrigued by his "citified, stylish" manner, and they end up meeting every day and discussing his ambitions. In this section, Janie has not yet decided to elope with him, but harbors certain doubts "because he [does] not represent sun-up and pollen."

Here, Janie has a sort of premonition, a sense that Jody will not provide the love and passion she so desperately desires: he has nothing of the pear tree about him, but only the "far horizon." Yet the horizon is still an important symbol to Janie, and Jody's worldliness and style give her a glimpse of the world beyond her small town. She wants experience and excitement in addition to a perfect love; though Jody can only deliver the former, she still decides to run off with him, abandoning Logan (who offers neither). 

Chapter 5 Quotes

"Thank yuh fuh yo' compliments, but mah wife don't know nothin' 'bout no speech-makin'. Ah never married her for nothin' lak dat. She's uh woman and her place is in de home."

Related Characters: Jody Starks (speaker), Janie Crawford
Page Number: 43
Explanation and Analysis:

The town congregates in Jody's store and celebrates his success, agreeing that he should serve as a temporary mayor. While he accepts the townspeople's congratulations, he does not accept their suggestion that Janie make a speech — "her place is in de home," seen but not heard. 

Of course, this leaves Janie feeling "cold" on the way home, not quite resentful but certainly wary of Jody's attitude towards womanhood and marriage. Readers can view this moment as another warning sign, foreshadowing the inevitable rupture between the two characters. Jody wishes to control and master Janie; he does not wish for emotional and intellectual equality with her. Indeed, he speaks with astonishing condescension in this quote, referring to her in the third person, making no acknowledgment of her presence or her personal desires. 

This moment might remind readers of Nanny Crawford's assertion that a black woman is society's "mule." In many ways, Jody defies social conventions by becoming mayor, a traditionally white role; yet he does not allow his wife to do the same, to become a person rather than a possession. 

Chapter 6 Quotes

"Sometimes God gits familiar wid us womenfolks too and talks His inside business. He told me how surprised He was 'bout y'all turning out so smart after Him makin' yuh different; and how surprised y'all is goin' tuh be if you ever find out you don't know half as much bout us as you think you do."

Related Characters: Janie Crawford (speaker)
Page Number: 75
Explanation and Analysis:

Mrs. Robbins begs Jody for a free cut of meat, explaining that her husband does not provide for their family. Though Jody consents, he gives her an amount far smaller than the desired hunk and goes on to mock her dramatic behavior with other men — they agree that her husband spoils her, that no man should allow his wife such liberties. In response, Janie delivers a cutting speech, accusing the men of cowardice and arrogance.

This is the first time that Janie speaks her mind and breaks free from her role as Jody's docile wife; it's a pivotal moment, one in which Janie displays empathy as well as courage and conviction. She implies that God has a particular relationship with women, an idea that's borne out throughout the novel. Women, particularly wives who endure scorn and abuse, have a clearer understanding of social dynamics and manipulation, and even of religious truths (especially Christian ideals like humility and martyrdom). 

However, Chapter 6 does not end on this rousing note; instead, it ends with Jody's reply. He tells Janie to "fetch" his checkerboard, since she is too "moufy." The game of checkers goes on to become a symbol of Janie's relationship with Tea Cake, a symbol of equality and playfulness. Here, Jody does not even consider Janie as a potential player — she is only a kind of servant, a beautiful possession. 



Chapter 8 Quotes

The young girl was gone, but a handsome woman had taken her place. She tore off the kerchief from her head and let down her plentiful hair. The weight, the length, the glory was there.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:

Janie attempts to explain herself to the dying Jody, which only makes him defensive and upset. He breathes his last with "a sound of strife in his throat" — and in the immediate aftermath of his death, Janie evaluates her own reflection and lets down her hair.

Her hair is a sort of weathervane, indicating to characters and readers alike how free and powerful she feels at any given moment. In the novel's first scene, for instance, the men of Eatonville notice the "great rope of black hair swinging to her waist" as she strides through town: she is a new woman, acquainted with the complexities of love and desire. And Jody first notices her "heavy hair" as she stands by the water pump. Yet she keeps her hair tied up throughout their married life, as their relationship is not egalitarian or fair but lopsided. She is more servant than wife; only after his death can she free herself and her hair. 

And yet Janie's luxurious hair, along with her lighter skin, is also a burden, something that obsesses and confuses other people. Mrs. Turner, a character with a fraught relationship to her own ethnicity, is sure that Janie and her brother would make an excellent match because Janie's appearance is not offensive to her. While Janie's hair stands for her freedom and sexuality, it can also disempower her. 

Chapter 10 Quotes

Somebody wanted her to play. Somebody thought it natural for her to play. That was even nice. She looked him over and got little thrills from every one of his good points.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Tea Cake
Related Symbols: Checkers
Page Number: 96
Explanation and Analysis:

In Chapter 10, Tea Cake enters Janie's store, buys a pack of cigarettes, and challenges her to a game of checkers. She feels an immediate affinity for him, the first man who has treated her as an equal. 

Hurston makes Janie's relief clear in this passage: the concise sentences and the repetition of the subject "somebody" (and the verb "play") reveal to readers Janie's state of mind, her happy amazement. Jody played checkers too, but Jody only ever asked her to "fetch" the game, never to play a game with him. This quiet moment between Tea Cake and Janie has their entire dynamic locked up within it — the playfulness, the respect, the attraction, and even the danger. (She appraises his body the way men have appraised her body throughout the novel.) Tea Cake wins the game, but Janie reaches out to stop him and they touch for the first time.

Of course, like any game, Checkers leaves room for dishonesty and cheating. Janie knows this and articulates it, and yet it does not stop her from beginning her most fulfilling and exciting relationship. 

Chapter 13 Quotes

The thing made itself into pictures and hung around Janie's bedside all night long. Anyhow, she wasn't going back to Eatonville to be laughed at and pitied. She had ten dollars in her pocket and twelve hundred in the bank.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford
Page Number: 120
Explanation and Analysis:

Janie and Tea Cake head to Jacksonville, where they marry and rent a room. However, when Tea Cake disappears one morning, Janie begins to consider the cautionary tale of Annie Tyler, an elderly woman abandoned and robbed by her young lover, Who Flung. In this section, "the thing" is Annie Tyler's unfortunate demise.

Janie's despair lurks below the surface of this passage. In an attempt to distract herself, she has already cleaned the room and sipped coffee with the landlady. And yet none of this dispels her fear; Annie Tyler's story seems to take on material weight — it makes "itself into pictures," a physical presence that suffocates and torments Janie. 

However, in three short sentences, Janie manages to bolster her own resolve and find a sort of peace. The word "Anyhow" signals to readers that Janie has extraordinary resilience and resourcefulness. Though Tea Cake may have taken her two hundred dollars, Janie still has money in the bank, unlike poor Annie Tyler: the snappy parallelism "ten dollars in her pocket and twelve hundred in the bank" points to Janie's optimism, her independence, and her enduring good spirits. 

He drifted off into sleep and Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Tea Cake
Page Number: 128
Explanation and Analysis:

Tea Cake goes off gambling one night, only to return battered and bruised, covered in cuts. Despite his wounds, his earnings are considerable — three hundred and twenty two dollars — and this gambling prowess astonishes Janie. She watches him as he falls asleep, feeling a pure love for her new husband.

Readers might consider the verb "crush" in this passage and its relation to the earlier sentences in Chapter 11: "He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world... Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took." Does this verb, at once violent and sensual, encapsulate the relationship between Tea Cake and Janie? Hurston even elaborates on Janie's psychic state here: the violence of her "self-crushing love" opens something within her, allowing "her soul [to crawl] out from its hiding place." We're seemingly not meant to understand this paradoxical image — something crushing shut in order for something else to crawl out — but only to appreciate and feel it. The verb "crawl" also reminds us of insects, bees buzzing around a blooming tree, in yet another allusion to Janie's pear tree experience of childhood.

Chapter 15 Quotes

Janie seethed. But Tea Cake never let go. They wrestled on until they were doped with their own fumes and emanations; till their clothes had been torn away; till he hurled her to the floor and held her there melting her resistance with the heat of his body, doing things with their bodies to express the inexpressible.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Tea Cake
Page Number: 137
Explanation and Analysis:

Though Janie loves their new life in the Everglades, she soon suspects that Tea Cake has become attached to someone else, a young woman named Nunkie. When she finds them "struggling" together in the sugar cane field, she confronts Tea Cake and they resolve the dispute with their bodies. 

In this passage, violence and love are inextricable: Hurston uses the language of battle, verbs like "seethe" and "wrestle" and "hurl," to describe a sexual encounter. (We can see the heightening tension in the text itself, which features an accumulation of phrases beginning with "till.") And yet Hurston does not paint a picture of marital abuse or injustice. Unlike Jody or Logan, Tea Cake treats Janie as a relative equal, without humiliating her or manipulating her. 

Hurston also writes that Janie and Tea Cake "express the inexpressible" with their bodies. Words suddenly fail them and they must resort to another, more primal and urgent language. This raises important questions about verbal and non-verbal communication in the book — when can a character transcend language? And is this instance, in which Tea Cake has sex with Janie instead of apologizing to her or discussing her worries, an example of action actually being more problematic and confusing than language?

Chapter 17 Quotes

"Janie is wherever Ah wants tuh be. Dat's de kind uh wife she is and Ah love her for it."

Related Characters: Tea Cake (speaker), Janie Crawford
Page Number: 148
Explanation and Analysis:

Sop-de-Bottom praises Janie's docility, explaining to Tea Cake that most wives are far more combative. Tea Cake adds on to this praise; though he wishes to give Janie a better life, he is also glad that she "is wherever [he] wants tuh be."

While Janie's marriage to Tea Cake is certainly more fair and loving than either of her previous marriages, readers are meant to understand that it is still a complex, imperfect relationship. Tea Cake shows a certain masculine narcissism in his conversation with Sob-de-Bottom, zeroing in on his own expectations (and repeating the pronoun "Ah") rather than considering Janie's own independent needs and desires. He loves her, but he does not quite love the full, mysterious scope of her — he only loves what he can possess. Hurston reminds us again that a black women is "society's mule," even when she is a beloved wife. No romantic relationship is without its hierarchy. 

Chapter 19 Quotes

Tea Cake was lying with his eyes closed and Janie hoped he was asleep. He wasn't. A great fear had took hold of him. What was this thing that set his brains fire and grabbed at his throat with iron fingers? Where did it come from and why did it hang around him?

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Tea Cake
Related Symbols: The Hurricane
Page Number: 178
Explanation and Analysis:

Tea Cake and Janie return to the muck, following the former's brief but unpleasant stint as a gravedigger. However, Tea Cake soon falls ill, having contracted rabies during the hurricane. In despair, Janie pleads with an unresponsive God. 

Tea Cake's disease is not only a direct consequence of the hurricane, but also a reminder that the young man belongs to the natural world and must abide by its laws. One lyrical rhetorical question follows another in this passage and the answer is obvious to the reader, if not to Janie and Tea Cake: nature has "set his brains fire" because of his arrogance, his refusal to heed any warning. For the first time, Tea Cake is more object than subject, the passive victim of "great fear" and "iron fingers." (Even Hurston's grammar reflects this change.)  

Hurston uses the expression "hang around" in an earlier passage too, describing Janie's fear of abandonment in Chapter 13. With this repetition in mind, readers can consider how Janie's flaws and Tea Cake's unite and separate them all at once. 

She talked. . . . She just sat there and told and when she was through she hushed.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford
Page Number: 187
Explanation and Analysis:

Janie is brought before a jury after Tea Cake's death. Her friends all abandon her, siding with her deceased husband instead — all except Dr. Simmons, who testifies in her favor and explains the situation. And finally, Janie herself speaks, recounting the entire story. 

While readers might expect Hurston to relate this scene in dialect, she instead combines narration and dialogue. In other words, the novel's two primary voices converge in Janie's testimony — and this raises questions about the book's structure, including its frame story. Do Janie and the omniscient narrator differ? Janie explains herself to the jury just as she will go on to explain herself to Pheoby. For the first time, no man interrupts her or demands her attention and she can speak freely, despite the threat of judgment. 

Here, Hurston emphasizes Janie's honesty, her deliberate avoidance of "lying thoughts." By making her so suddenly transparent, Hurston puts her in a sort of blissful natural state. Her honesty corresponds to her physical wellbeing, and the "hush" after her testimony is natural and obvious.

Chapter 20 Quotes

"Ah done been tuh de horizon and back and now Ah kin set heah in mah house and live by comparisons. Dis house ain't so absent of things lak it used tuh be befo' Tea Cake come along. It's full uh thoughts, 'specially dat bedroom."

Related Characters: Janie Crawford (speaker), Tea Cake
Related Symbols: The Horizon
Page Number: 191
Explanation and Analysis:

Having wrapped up her tale, Janie tells Pheoby that she is ready to begin her life in Eatonville anew. Her experiences of the world do not torment her so much as provide her with happy memories.

In the novel's opening paragraph, Hurston describes the bleak "life of men," those who keep their eyes trained on the horizon and yet never move towards it. Janie follows her own path, however, and Hurston reintroduces the horizon in the novel's final chapter in order to differentiate these unhappy men from Janie, who has 'been tuh de horizon and back." Despite setbacks and hurricanes and abuse, Janie finds companionship and love, as well as independence. (Her use of the first person and the possessive "mah house" is especially powerful.) 

Janie tells Pheoby that her house is no longer "absent of things" — in this way, Hurston makes a sort of reflexive gesture towards the power of narrative. Janie's own life story will keep her company in the coming years. 

Of course he wasn't dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of love and light against the wall. Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish net…She called in her soul to come and see.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Tea Cake
Related Symbols: The Horizon
Page Number: 193
Explanation and Analysis:

Janie retires for the night, yet she stays up reliving her recent memories of Tea Cake's death and the trial. She understands that Tea Cake can "never be dead" as long as she protects his memory.

This is a striking image — a person's thoughts and memories projected "against the wall" — not dissimilar from Janie's moment of anxiety in Chapter 13, when her fear makes "itself into pictures and [hangs around her bedside] all night long." In other words, Huston imagines a world in which the boundary between internal and external is porous. Readers might consider whether or not this permeability relates to the boundary between omniscient narration and dialogue in the novel.

Not only does Hurston circle back to the first chapter by way of the symbolic horizon, but she hints at an ocean in both moments, too. She mentions a ship in the first paragraph and a "great fish-net" in the final one, giving a slight Biblical undercurrent to her work. (In the New Testament, Christ calls his disciples "fishers of men," and several of them are former fishermen.) With this ending and the obvious connections between fishing and storytelling, Hurston turns her novel into a sort of fairytale. Their Eyes Were Watching God is about both the language of power and the power of language. 

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Janie Crawford Character Timeline in Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Chapter 1
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...the woman has returned. At this moment, the woman's identity is revealed: her named is Janie Starks, and she left town with a man called Tea Cake, who was much younger... (full context)
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Pheoby brings Janie a small plate of dinner and compliments Janie on still looking so young and womanly,... (full context)
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With a laugh about the townspeople's mean-spirited gossip, Janie tells her friend with calm self-assurance that no one should worry about her; without any... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Janie is raised by her grandmother Nanny, and never met her mother or father. Janie and... (full context)
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The kids at Janie's predominantly black school pick on her because of her light skin and absent parents. To... (full context)
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Janie receives her first kiss from Johnny Taylor over that gate when she is sixteen. The... (full context)
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Nanny notices Janie and Johnny kiss from inside the house, and quickly arranges for Janie to marry Logan... (full context)
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When Janie protests against marrying Logan, Nanny defends her decision by describing her own difficult past. Nanny... (full context)
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...dreams were dashed when Leafy was then raped by her schoolteacher, who impregnated her with Janie. After Leafy gave birth to Janie, she started to drink every night and then fled... (full context)
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During the anxious "few days to live before" marrying Logan Killicks, Janie contemplates whether or not she will ever grow to love her future husband, resolving eventually... (full context)
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Two months pass while Janie "waits for love to begin" for her new husband until she returns home to visit... (full context)
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Janie is then met with severe criticism: Nanny calls attention to Logan's wealth, again making reference... (full context)
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After Janie leaves, Nanny prays that God will take care of her granddaughter. Within a month, Nanny... (full context)
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Over time, Logan becomes not only less affectionate toward Janie, but begins to boss her around aggressively and reprimand her for not being gracious and... (full context)
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One morning, Logan leaves home to go buy a second mule so that Janie and he can both productively plow the fields. While Logan is away buying the mule,... (full context)
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...stays around town for what is presumably longer than he had expected to, and sees Janie each day in secret. Joe asks Janie to refer to him by a special nickname... (full context)
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When Logan returns, Janie and he fight again: Logan reiterates his belief that Janie is spoiled and ungrateful, and... (full context)
Chapter 5
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When Jody and Janie arrive to the new Florida town called Eatonville, they are surprised to find that it... (full context)
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...these gestures, the townspeople collectively name Jody the town mayor. At the store, Taylor invites Janie to give a speech as the mayor's new wife, though Jody prohibits her from speaking... (full context)
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...should be installed. Jody organizes a ceremonial celebration for the lighting of the new lamp. Janie expresses a vague sense of dissatisfaction to Jody regarding his recent unavailability toward her –... (full context)
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Because Janie is kept silent by her husband, the townspeople can only speculate about why and how... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Janie feels limited by the repetitive nature of working in the store each day, but is... (full context)
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Jody overhears Janie, and in order to quell Janie's anxiety about the mule's victimization, Jody purchases the mule... (full context)
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...draws residents from around the entire town and proves to be quite celebratory, Jody prohibits Janie's attendance, attributing his decision to his desire to preserve her high status by discouraging her... (full context)
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One day following the funeral, Janie finds herself annoyed at Jody and instead of remaining silent, she plainly tells him, "You... (full context)
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...to avoid it. Jody joins in the conversation, and despite her passive position as listener, Janie too finds herself engaging in the lively discussion – that is, until Jody demands her... (full context)
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...enters the store and requests a bit of meat from Jody for her starving family. Janie ends up getting the meat for Mrs. Robbins, who remarks that her husband neglects to... (full context)
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The years being married to Jody take "all the fight out of Janie's face," as she spends them ignoring her emotions and learning to submit herself to Jody's... (full context)
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During this time, Jody has aged a great deal, such that Janie even describes there being "something dead about him." As Jody loses the ability to sit... (full context)
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...and intolerable as his health worsens. Jody's insults reach an all-time high one day when Janie is helping a customer at the store: she makes a mistake preparing tobacco for a... (full context)
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In an effort to reject Janie in a more formal way, Jody decides to relocate his belongings to a guest room,... (full context)
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Soon after their argument, Jody dies and Janie is left to her own devices. Feeling a complicated mix of nostalgia, sympathy, mourning, and... (full context)
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Janie expresses anger toward Nanny and the values and worldviews she taught Janie as a child.... (full context)
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Despite Nanny's belief that "Uh woman by herself is uh pitiful thing," Janie feels remarkably happy in her new state of freedom – the only exception to her... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Hezekiah Potts leaves work early one day to go to a ball game and Janie reassures him that she can close the store by herself this once. Besides slow business,... (full context)
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After asking the man how he plans to get home, Janie realizes that she doesn't know his name. The man responds that his name is Vergible... (full context)
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Tea Cake says goodnight to Janie and she finds herself thinking about her safety on her walk home – particularly, the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Janie is tempted to ask Hezekiah what he knows about Tea Cake, but decides not to... (full context)
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Having stayed at the store all day, Tea Cake walks Janie home, where they then eat pound cake and make fresh lemonade. After remarking that the... (full context)
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The next morning, Hezekiah warns Janie about spending time with a man like Tea Cake, who he believes is too "low"... (full context)
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Janie spends the following day thinking about Tea Cake. Despite her conscious desire to suppress her... (full context)
Chapter 12
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After Tea Cake and Janie make their first public appearance together at the town picnic, Janie becomes the object of... (full context)
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Pheoby approaches Janie and warns her of her status as the object of the town's gossip, paying particular... (full context)
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Janie tells Pheoby that Tea Cake is not comparable to Jody Starks, and that she wants... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Janie leaves Eatonville and meets Tea Cake in Jacksonville, where he's been waiting for her. Free... (full context)
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The next morning, Tea Cake leaves early in the morning, leaving Janie to ponder his whereabouts. Thinking still that Tea Cake simply went out to find fish... (full context)
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After Janie takes a nap, still waiting anxiously, she hears Tea Cake outside playing guitar. He admits... (full context)
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Tea Cake listens to Janie and promises to reimburse her for the money he stole. When Tea Cake leaves on... (full context)
Chapter 14
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When Janie and Tea Cake arrive in the Everglades, Janie is overwhelmed by how lush and different... (full context)
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Janie fulfills the traditionally female household roles of food preparation and cleaning, but spends the days... (full context)
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Janie and Tea Cake's home is crowded each night with neighbors, who visit either to listen... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Janie experiences romantic jealousy for the first time in her marriage with Tea Cake: she finds... (full context)
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After screaming, separating Tea Cake and Nunkie, and attempting to harm Nunkie physically, Janie and Tea Cake return home, where Janie expresses her fury to Tea Cake regarding his... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Satisfied with their lifestyle at the end of the harvest season, Janie and Tea Cake decide to remain in the muck and wait until next year. At... (full context)
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When Janie returns inside to Tea Cake, she realizes that Tea Cake has heard her entire conversation... (full context)
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After telling Janie that talking to Mr. Turner won't change Mrs. Turner's behavior toward her, Tea Cake instructs... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...new and old faces, including Mrs. Turner's infamous brother. Instantly jealous, Tea Cake preemptively whips Janie in order to make sure she doesn't cheat on him. Upon observing Janie's bruises, Sop-de-Bottom... (full context)
Chapter 18
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One afternoon, Janie watches a large group of Seminole Indians steadily walk past her house and asks them... (full context)
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One of the local Bahaman boys invites Tea Cake and Janie a ride to get to higher ground, but Tea Cake refuses the offer and assures... (full context)
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...in Lake Okechobee. All except one man – Motor Boat – leave Tea Cake and Janie's home to seek shelter in their own homes. The arrival of the hurricane is intensely... (full context)
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As the wind slaps against them and the waters rise, Tea Cake tells Janie that he assumes she is thinking about her big house back in Eatonville and wondering... (full context)
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Janie struggles to swim in the "fighting water" as Tea Cake, too, begins to lose his... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Surrounded by dead bodies and destroyed homes in Palm Beach, Janie and Tea Cake discuss where to go and what to do next. Meanwhile, two white... (full context)
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When Tea Cake and Janie return, they are happily surprised to find out that Motor Boat survived the hurricane. Things... (full context)
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In the coming days, Janie watches Tea Cake lose his sanity, appearing as though "a great fear had took hold... (full context)
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Before going to talk to the doctor again the following morning, Janie cautiously checks Tea Cake's pistol while he is outside using the outhouse, and finds that... (full context)
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Later that same day, Janie is put on trial for Tea Cake's death. In the courtroom, the black people who've... (full context)
Chapter 20
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The black men living around the muck realize after the "royal" burial Janie gives Tea Cake that they were wrong to abuse her as they did. As such,... (full context)
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At this point, Janie concludes her story to Pheoby, telling her that she is satisfied to be home, as... (full context)
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Before falling asleep that night, Janie returns to the memory of killing Tea Cake. She realizes that Tea Cake is still... (full context)