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How does Janie's first meeting with Tea Cake compare with her first meeting with Joe?
Her conversation with Tea Cake is described in detail, and she is an equal participant whereas her first conversation with Joe is mostly summarized, with little space dedicated to their dialogue.
Equal space is devoted to the dialogue in both meetings, but Janie is a more equal participant in her conversation with Tea Cake.
Janie falls in love at first sight with both of them, but her dialogue with Tea Cake is more indicative of an equitable relationship.
Janie is more tentative in her meeting with Tea Cake because she has been burned by love before.
The meetings with the two men are quite similar, possibly foreshadowing that Janie's relationship with Tea Cake will have a similar end to her relationship with Joe.