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The game of checkers that Janie and Tea Cake play is most significant in that it shows
that Janie is actually an intelligent woman who is quite good at checkers.
that Tea Cake does have a romantic interest in Janie.
that Janie has truly put her time with Joe behind her.
that Tea Cake respects Janie's intellect enough to think she would be able to play.
that Tea Cake is trying to take advantage of Janie.