"All right, Brother Mayor. If you wants tuh rob uh poor man lak me uh everything he got tuh make uh livin' wid..."
"You big-bellies round here and put out a lot of brag, but ‘tain’t nothin’ to it but yo’ big voice. Humph! Talkin’ ‘bout me lookin’ old! When you pull down yo’ britches, you look lak de change uh life."
One day, Janie notices that Jody has begun to look quite old. He has trouble moving around and his body bulges and sags.
How dare she talk to me like dat
"Dat’s just whut Ah wants tuh say, Jody, You wouldn’t listen. You done lived wid me for twenty years and you don’t half know me atall."
"Shut up! Ah wish thunder and lightnin' would kill yuh!"
"Joe's funeral was the finest thing Orange County had ever seen with Negro eyes." "Janie sent her face to Joe's funeral and herself went rollicking with the springtime across the world."
"Before Jody had been dead a month, she noticed how often men who had never been intimates of Joe, drove considerable distances to ask after her welfare and offer their services as advisor." "This freedom was feeling fine."
Ah jus' love dis freedom.
How about playin' you some checkers?
He should've been gone by now but he was still standing by her. They got to know each other.
Janie enjoy herself for the first time in a long time. Even after only visiting with Tea Cake for a short period of time, Janie feels like she has known Tea Cake all of her life.