Tea Cake was combing Janie's hair and scratching dandruff from her scalp while she slept.
Tea Cake, where you git uh comb from tuh be combin' mah hair wid?
Ah brought it wid me. Come prepared tuh lay mah hands on it tuhnight.
Tea Cake looks at Janie and combs her hair. He is smiling and hovers over her like an angel or a shield protecting her. Since Janie's hair in the book symbolizes her strength and sexualizes her. This shows that Tea Cake loves Janie and wants to let her be independent and strong.
Why, Tea Cake? Whut good do combin' mah hair do you? It's mah comfortable, not yourn.
Janie is surprised by Tea Cake.
He wanted to touch Janie's hair
She has never had anyone want to take care of her hair.Janie is surprised because Joe made her hide her hair and wasn't allowed to flaunt it.
Tea Cake will support Janie and add to her strength.
It's mine too. Ah ain't been sleepin' so good for more'n uh week cause Ah ain't been sleepin' so good for more'n uh week cause Ah been widhin' so bad tuh git nah hands in yo' hair. It's so pretty. It feels jus' lak underneath uh dove's wing next to mah face.