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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God


by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapter 11 Quotes

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Quote 16

At the newel post Janie whirled around and for the space of a thought she was lit up like a transfiguration. Her next thought brought her crashing down. He’s just saying anything for the time being, feeling he’s got me so I’ll b’lieve him. The next thought buried her under tons of cold futility. He’s trading on being younger than me. Getting ready to laugh at me for an old fool. But oh, what wouldn’t I give to be twelve years younger so I could b’lieve him! (11.56)

Janie’s hopes and dreams wreak havoc on her emotions, which have understandably been traumatized by Joe. She no longer trusts her dreams to keep her on the right course toward love, and this makes her question Tea Cake’s integrity. In a short time, Janie vacillates between ecstasy and "cold futility," and her vision for her future with Tea Cake oscillates between blissful happiness and shameful embarrassment.

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