The Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
Contributed by Jennefer Ruano
Chapter 15

This brief chapter serves to detail Janie’s experience with jealousy. A younger girl named Nunkie playfully teases Tea Cake in the field, attempting to get him away from the working crowd. Janie takes notice and follows them one time, finding them struggling alone in a cane field. Furious, Janie demands to know what is going on and chases Nunkie away. When Tea Cake arrives home Janie hits him and accuses him of cheating on her. Tea Cake protests, denying Janie’s accusations, and they physically fight throughout the rooms of their home until they end up making love. Janie’s bout with jealousy ends up for the best as she victoriously discovers that Tea Cake truly likes her best.

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