"Nanny had called her to come inside the house because she had spied Janie letting Johnny Taylor kiss her over the gatepost"
"Janie had had no chance to know things, so she had to ask . Did marriage end the cosmic loneliness of the unmated? Did marriage compel love like the sun the day?"
"Janie and Logan got married in nanny's parlor of a Saturday evening with three cakes and big platters of fried rabbit and chicken.
" She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all come to her"
"cause ah hates de way his head is so long one way and so flat on de sides and dat pone uh fat back uh his neck"
"You know, honey ,us colored folks is branches without roots and that makes things come round in queer ways. You in particular ah was born back in slavery so it wasn't for me to fulfill my dreams of whut a women oughta be and to do"