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What is the most likely meaning of the phrase "They, the men, were saving with the mind what they lost with the eye."?
The men were imagining that which they were unable to see.
Although the men didn't see Janie as beautiful anymore, they could imagine what she used to look like.
The men could continue to imagine that which they had seen even after they couldn't see it anymore.
In their minds, the men knew they could save Janie from the fate that had foreseen for her.
If they can't see the future outright, they can make reasonable predictions