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"He whistled, mopped his face and walked like he knew where he was going. He was a seal-brown color but he acted like Mr. Washburn or somebody like that to Janie." (context)
This description of Jody as she is seeing him for the first time is something Janie says to Pheoby in the present as she is telling the story.
"He whistled, mopped his face and walked like he knew where he was going. He was a seal-brown color but he acted like Mr. Washburn or somebody like that to Janie."(analysis)
Jody "act[ing] like Mr. Washburn or somebody like that" is Janie's way of saying that he possess the confidence of a white man, which she admires because it means that slavery has taken away neither his sense of self worth nor his ability to see himself as something other than a laborer, and he, like most white men, is still looking toward far horizons and has dreams for himself.
"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! She had been summoned to behold a revelation."(context)
This is the scene in which Janie is under the pear tree experiencing her first orgasm and these are her inner thoughts.
"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! She had been summoned to behold a revelation."(analysis)
The idea that the bee and the flower are working together equally creating a perfect "marriage" induces Janie's first orgasm, which she has by herself and therefore not only does she have the power over her own sexuality but this is where her first dream is awakened, her dream of having a unified, loving, and equal marriage.
"Ah done lived Grandma's way, now Ah means tuh live mine."(context)
Janie says this to Pheoby when Pheoby comes to her house after she and Tea Cake have become a couple.
"Ah done lived Grandma's way, now Ah means tuh live mine."(analysis)
When she says she has "done lived grandma's way," she is saying that she has lived the way Nannie wanted her to, like a white woman, and realizes that she resents Nannie less than she once did because she realizes that Nannie only wants the best for her, but now she "means to live [her way]" by working towards farther horizons and meeting new people and making new memories with Tea Cake.
"She didn't know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop. Man attempting to climb to painless heights from his dung hill."(context)
Janie makes this statement about herself while she was married to Jody to Pheoby as she is telling Pheoby her life story.
"She didn't know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop. Man attempting to climb to painless heights from his dung hill."(analysis)
Janie is "the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop" because she, along with everyone else, is extraordinary, but she is unable to see that because of how she is controlled by Jody, and his controlling personality paints a picture of man attempting "to climb to painless heights" and hurting himself and others in the process.
"Nobody else on earth kin hold uh candle tuh you, baby. You got de keys to de kingdom."(context)
Tea Cake says this to Janie when they are talking about the Sunday School picnic.
"Nobody else on earth kin hold uh candle tuh you, baby. You got de keys to de kingdom."(analysis)
Tea Cake finds it hard to express the expanse of his love for Janie, but he tries to explain his love by saying she has has the "keys" to open the "kingdom" of heaven on Earth for him and by saying "nobody else on earth" lights up his world more than she does.
"She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in the meshes! She called in her soul to come and see."(context)
This quotation by the narrator to the reader talks about how Janie sees herself after her talk with Pheoby and her self reflection that came with telling her story.
"She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in the meshes! She called in her soul to come and see."(analysis)
Janie is "pulling in her horizon" and "calling in her soul" so she can reflect on her life.
"Ah didn't aim tuh let on tuh yuh 'bout it, leastways not right away, but Ah ruther be shot with tacks than fuh you tuh act wid me lak you is right now. You got me in de go-long."(context)
When Tea Cake is at Janie's house late at night he makes this statement.
"Ah didn't aim tuh let on tuh yuh 'bout it, leastways not right away, but Ah ruther be shot with tacks than fuh you tuh act wid me lak you is right now. You got me in de go-long."(analysis)
Even though telling Janie this makes Tea Cake vulnerable, he tells her anyways because she has him "in de go-long," which means he loves her and feels like the way she is "act[ing] wid [him]" is worse than being physically injured by being "shot with tacks."
"Most humans didn't love one another nohow, and this mislove was so strong that even common blood couldn't overcome it all the time. She had found a jewel down inside herself and she had wanted to walk where people could see her and gleam it around. But she had been set in the market-place to sell."(context)
Janie tells Pheoby this when she is telling her about what happened after Jody died.
"Most humans didn't love one another nohow, and this mislove was so strong that even common blood couldn't overcome it all the time. She had found a jewel down inside herself and she had wanted to walk where people could see her and gleam it around. But she had been set in the market-place to sell."(analysis)
She finds "a jewel" inside herself, which symbolizes value, and she had always wanted to let people "see her" and it, but Jody had used her value in selfish ways, "sell[ing]" it to achieve his goals.
"Years ago, she had told her girl self to wait for her in the looking glass. It had been a long time since she had remembered."(context)
This is narration from Janie to Phoeby as Janie is talking about the time immediately after Joe died.
"Years ago, she had told her girl self to wait for her in the looking glass. It had been a long time since she had remembered."(analysis)
At this moment Janie is going out to retrieve her "girl self" who she told to "wait in the looking glass," and with Jody gone she is able to bridge the distance between her outer self and her girl self.
"Two things everybody's got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves."(context)
Janie makes this statement to Phoeby after finishing her story as they are sitting on the porch together.
"Two things everybody's got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves."(analysis)
Janie is saying that people can't "go tuh god" or "find out about livin'" with anyone, including a lover, showing them their path, and to really understand life or god, everyone must take their own path and aim for their own dream.
'I got almighty! A woman stay round uh store till she get old as Methusalem and still can't cut a little thing like a plug of tobacco! Don't stand dere rollin' yo' pop eyes at me wid yo' rumo hangin' nearlt to yo' knees!' A big laugh started off in the store but people got to thinking and stopped. It was funny if you looked at it right quick, but it got pitiful if you thought about it for a while."(context)
When Janie has trouble cutting tobacco in the store Jody insults her by making this rude statement.
'I got almighty! A woman stay round uh store till she get old as Methusalem and still can't cut a little thing like a plug of tobacco! Don't stand dere rollin' yo' pop eyes at me wid yo' rumo hangin' nearlt to yo' knees!' A big laugh started off in the store but people got to thinking and stopped. It was funny if you looked at it right quick, but it got pitiful if you thought about it for a while."(analysis)
Jody is having trouble coming to terms with his own aging so when Janie makes a small mistake Jody insults not only her competence but physical appearance, calling her "old as Methusalem," along with shaming her by talking about her "rump hanging down nearly to [her] knees" to make him feel better about his own age.