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"Well, you know whut dey say 'uh white man and uh nigger woman is de freest thing on earth. Dey do as dey please."

What is the function of this quote that is said by the men at the boarding house after Janie's trial for killing Tea Cake?


It solidifies Joe's point of view from the middle of the novel.


It directly contrasts Tea Cake's attitude about women's roles in society, particularly when it comes to marriage.


It examines the central irony of the text in terms of how Janie was born a slave but has lived a free life.


It summarizes one of the major themes of the novel.


It directly contrasts what Nanny said at the beginning of the novel about the role of black women in society.

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