Lawd Janie! Ah done growed ten feet higher from jus' listenin' tuh you!
Janie decides to leave her privileged lifestyle in Eatonville in order to marry Tea Cake and live in the Everglades growing beans and living solely off of his income. Here, she experiences love for the first time in marriage.
Sadly, during a devastating hurricane Tea Cake becomes sick with rabies and tries to kill Janie. This forces Janie to kill Tea Cake in self-defense, even though he was the first true love of her life
Since Janie truly felt grief after Tea Cake died, she could no longer stay in the Everglades and decided to return to Eatonville. Having felt as if she had fully experienced life, Janie is at peace and is glad that she was able to inspire Pheoby with her story.