Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapter 10 Summary
- One day, the whole town leaves to attend a baseball game in Winter Park, including Hezekiah. Janie tends to the store by herself.
- In the evening, a man walks in and they immediately hit it off. He’s charming and claims to have come to the wrong town looking for the ball game.
- Then he invites Janie to play checkers. Since she doesn’t know how to play, he teaches her and she’s delighted that a man thinks it natural for a woman to play as his equal.
- Janie gets excited about him. He’s everything a girl could want – tall, dark, handsome, not-misogynistic – so different than her old, fat, dominating husbands on every point.
- They joke around for the whole evening and we learn that this man has a high opinion of women, saying they can do the same things as men – play checkers, walk far, ride a train.
- Eventually we learn the stranger’s name is Vergible Woods, but he goes by Tea Cake.
- He ends up helping her close up the store and walks her home.
- Though Janie is cautious, she finds herself very comfortable around him, as if she has known him her whole life.