This story explains Janie's Evolution that starts at the end of her childhood age 16 to the end of her deceased husband, Tea Cake.
If ah kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh tote it inside. Mah fust wife never bothered me 'bout choppin' no wood nohow. She'd grab dat ax and sling chips lak uh man. You done been spoilt rotten.
Whut's de matter wid you, nohow? You ain't no young girl to be gettin' all insulted 'bout yo' looks. You ain't no young courtin' gal. You'se uh ole women, nearly forty.
Good Evenin', Mis' Starks.
Good evenin', You got all de advantage 'cause Ah don't know yo' name.
Oh my poor Tea Cake. I will always love you Tea Cake.