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What is the importance of Tea Cake asking Janie if he can "have uh pound uh knuckle puddin' till Saturday" and offering to pay her later?
This shows how Tea Cake is already taking advantage of Janie's generosity.
This demonstrates how Janie is more willing to share things with Tea Cake than she was with Joe.
The signficance is that this is the first time Janie has a pleasant interaction with anyone in the store.
This shows how Janie will always give more than Tea Cake asks for.
The interaction shows how they are comfortable joking around with each other and being silly.