Humph! Talkin' 'bout me lookin' old! When you pull down yo' britches, you look lak de change uh life.
You ain't tried tuh pacify nobody but yo'self. Too busy listening tuh yo' own big voice.
All dis tearin' down talk! Git outa heah!
Uh woman by herself is uh pitiful thing. Dey needs aid and assistance. God never meant 'em tuh try tuh stand by themselves.
In chapter 7, Janie cuts a plug of tobacco the wrong way, prompting the aging Jody to correct her mistake. Janie gets tired with dealing Jody and insults him in front of the townspeople.
In chapter 8, Janie and Jody start to grow even further apart as Jody ages. He starts to make alliances with sketchy people he didn't trust before. The townspeople visit him in the house and try to tend to Jody while Janie stays in the store. However, a visiting doctor decides that it was too late for Jody. Janie tries to tell Jody what went wrong before he dies.
In chapter 9, Janie mourns for Jody's death and thinks about the future after him. Many men visit her in Eatonville to try to convince her to marry again.