No! You stay in the store where you belong! I forbid you from talking to those people
Janie’s story begins with her as an adolescence lying under a pare tree imaging what love and sex would be like for the first time while watching a bee pollinate a flower blossom. Soon after Johnny a fellow friend of Janie appears. Overcome with the feeling of love and sexual desire the two kiss under the tree. But are abruptly interrupted by Nanny Janie's Grandmother.
“Yeah, Janie, youse got yo’ womanhood on yuh. So Ah mout ez well tell yuh whut Ah been savin’ up for uh spell. Ah wants to see you married right away.”
For Janie's actions Nanny plans to marry her of to a well off farmer named Logan Killicks. He's old, ugly, and smelly. But, Nanny believes this is what is best for her to prevent Janie from succumbing to the streets and poverty.
While Logan was out of town he forced Janie to continue to do the housework along with his chores while he was away. Janie resisted but soon folded. while working out side pumping water she was greeted by a well dressed man named Joe who promised a good life for the two to live in an all black town.
The love between Janie and Joe soon began to fade. Joe was not as magical as he appeared to be a few years back. He began to get older and grumpy, he developed a lack of respect for her rights an opinion. He soon began to get violent. Their marriage was hanging on by a very thin tread about to snap.
I would like to join in the conversation
Soon after Joe feel very ill. Janie wanted to be by his side but he rejected her to save him from the shame of his weakest state. After Joe's death Janie felt a spark inside that she hadn't felt in years. With her newfound freedom, she burned her hedscarves and let her beautiful hair flow once again.
After Joe dies she takes ownership of the store and with her inhertants comes lots of men lurking to leach onto her earnings. She dismisses them all accept one. Tea Cake a young fellow who has a very liberal out look on life. Unlike her past relationships, he values her opinion and the opinon of others as equals.