I will go into town and try to get the medicine he should have had weeks ago
A devastating hurricane arrives in the Everglades. Tea Cake and Janie are in a horrible situation but his heroic acts get them out alive, but not before Janie nearly drowns and Tea Cake gets bitten by a rabid dog while trying to save her.
What did you do to this water JANIE! You aint clean this bucket right!
A month later, Tea Cake shows signs of rabies. He is eventually diagnosed with the illness.
Going In For The Kill
The doctor prescribes some pills and then pulls Janie out to talk to her privately. The doctor assures Janie that he'll send for the antidote serum from the city but warns her that Tea Cake should have taken it weeks ago. and that it probably wouldn't work now.
Tea Cake Is Dead!
Tea Cake’s inability to drink water is one sure symptom. He says he only gags on water because Janie has been giving him dirty water. When he pumps his own water, he gets the same reaction.
His natural jealousy is being affected by the disease. He asks Janie why she no longer sleeps in the same bed as him. She reminds him that the doctor prescribed it. Tea Cake's brain has been taken over by the disease which urges him to kill anything in sight so he turns the pistol on her.