Their Eyes Were Watching God
"Whut is de real name of de place?"
"Some say West Maitland and some say Eatonville. Dat’s ‘cause Cap’n Eaton give us some land along wid Mr. Laurence. But Cap’n Eaton give de first piece." (5.34-35)
"Everybody come right forward and make merry. I got, it’s mah treat." Jody gave one of his big heh heh laughs and stood back. Janie dipped up the lemonade like he told her. A big tin cup full for everybody. (5.90)
Another big blow-out of a laugh. Tony was a little peeved at having the one speech of his lifetime ruined like that.
"All y’all know whut wuz meant. Ah don’t see how come – "
"’Cause you jump up tuh make speeches and don’t know how," Lige said.
"Ah wuz speakin’ jus’ all right befo’ you stuck yo’ bill in."
"Naw, you wuzn’t, Tony. Youse way outa jurisdiction. You can’t welcome uh man and his wife ‘thout you make comparison about Isaac and Rebecca at de well, else it don’t show de love between ‘em if you don’t."
Everybody agreed that that was right. It was sort of pitiful for Tony not to know he couldn’t make a speech without saying that. Some tittered at his ignorance. So Tony said testily, "If all them dat’s goin-tuh cut de monkey is done cut it and through wid, we’ll thank Brother Starks tuh a respond." (5.94-99)