imitate, especially for satirical effect
Tea Cake stood there
mimicking the tuning of a guitar.
marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
Three or four stood behind her and coached her moves and generally made merry with her in a
make calm or still
lulled Janie to soft slumber and she woke up with Tea Cake combing her hair and scratching the dandruff from her scalp.
a Christian as contrasted with a Jew
“Ah’m de Apostle Paul tuh de
expect, believe, or suppose
reckon you don’t bet money, neither.”
This was a new sensation for her, but no less
the quality of threatening evil
“Dat’s jealousy and
bring up a topic for discussion
Janie acted glad to see her and after a while Pheoby
broached her with, “Janie, everybody’s talkin’ ’bout how dat Tea Cake is draggin’ you round tuh places you ain’t used tuh.
a suggestion offered for acceptance or rejection
Dis ain’t no business
proposition, and no race after property and tides.
to accuse or condemn openly as disgraceful
Then when her ready cash was gone, had come Who Flung to
denounce his predecessor as a scoundrel and took up around the house himself.
one who precedes you in time
Then when her ready cash was gone, had come Who Flung to denounce his
predecessor as a scoundrel and took up around the house himself.
Those slippers bent and
griped just like her work-worn feet.
showing signs of wear and tear
Who Flung had taken her to a
shabby room in a
shabby house in a
shabby street and promised to marry her next day.
an object used as a container, especially for liquids
All she found out was that she was too old a
vessel for new wine.
become smaller or lose substance
dwindled down on the floor with her head in a rocking chair.
pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
Daylight was creeping around the cracks of the world when Janie heard a
feeble rap on the door.
emitting light without appreciable heat
phosphorescent eyes and shooting them in the dark.
She always had some kind of dessert too, as Tea Cake said it give a man something to
taper off on.
held in check with difficulty
There was a
suppressed murmur when she picked up a basket and went to work.
They wrestled on until they were doped with their own fumes and emanations; till their clothes had been torn away; till he
hurled her to the floor and held her there melting her resistance with the heat of his body, doing things with their bodies to express the inexpressible; kissed her until she arched her body to meet him and they fell asleep in sweet exhaustion.