"The great rope of hair swinging to her waist" (Hurston 2). This quote is direct characterization which gives the ability to picture what Janie looked like in the book.
"The thought of Annie Taylor ... came to pay her a visit" (Hurston 118). The example of her pondering on the Annie Taylor story in a bad time is proof of indirect characterization because you can infer she has a high stress level and is likely to over react.
"You don't even know where harm is at" (Hurston 13). When Janie's grandmother made this statement it indirectly showed Janie's innocence.
I ain't mean nothin' by it.
I know you didn't mean no harm.
"Tea Cake had held up the paymaster" (Hurston 127). This quote about Tea Cake is directly saying he is the bread winner of the family.
"Tain't but one place round heah wid uh bath tub" (Hurston 129). From this quote of Tea Cake talking you can infer that he didn't have much of a education and wasn't very intelligent.
"Tea Cake and Janie playing checkers; playing coon-can; playing Florida flip" (Hurston 110). Tea Cake was able to prove to us indirectly he is able to show others a good time and some fun.