Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Janie's Realization


She threw up the barrel of the rifle in frenzied hope and fear. Hope that he'd see it and run, desperate fear for her life. But if Tea Cake could have counted costs he would not have been there with the pistol in his hands. No knowledge of fear nor rifles nor anything else was there.

What realization does Janie have that urges her to defend herself?


Tea Cake has already gone through the three empty chambers that she left in the gun.


There was nothing left of Tea Cake's normal personality and spirit.


The medicine had not been effective in curing Tea Cake's condition.


Tea Cake no longer loves her.


Despite his sickness, Tea Cake is still skilled with a gun.