lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
She did not laugh the “Saws” to
scorn as she had heard the people doing in the season.
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
Janie was dumb and
bewildered before and she clucked sympathetically and wished she knew what to say.
a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
It was so evident that Mrs. Turner took black folk as a personal
affront to herself.
a person appointed or elected to represent others
Dey made him uh
delegate tuh de Sunday School Convention and he read uh paper on Booker T. Washington and tore him tuh pieces!”
blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
According to all Janie had been taught this was
sacrilege so she sat without speaking at all.
Ah been heah uh long time listenin’ to dat
heifer run me down tuh de dawgs uh try tuh tole you off from me.”
the possibility of future success
They talked about the
prospects for the coming season for a moment, then Tea Cake said, “Yo’ wife don’t seem tuh have nothin’ much tuh do, so she kin visit uh lot.
a refusal to recognize someone you know
She felt honored by Janie’s acquaintance and she quickly forgave and forgot
snubs in order to keep it.
without compunction or human feeling
Insensate cruelty to those you can whip, and groveling submission to those you can’t.
show submission or fear
Insensate cruelty to those you can whip, and
groveling submission to those you can’t.
any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
It was inevitable that she should accept any inconsistency and cruelty from her
deity as all good worshippers do from theirs.
All gods who receive
homage are cruel.
not marked by fine distinctions
indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion.
inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
Her god would
smite her, would hurl her from pinnacles and lose her in deserts, but she would not forsake his altars.
a lofty peak
Her god would smite her, would hurl her from
pinnacles and lose her in deserts, but she would not forsake his altars.
an angel of the first order; usually portrayed as the winged head of a child
Behind her crude words was a belief that somehow she and others through worship could attain her paradise—a heaven of straighthaired, thin-lipped, high-nose boned white
excessive intolerance of opposing views
Beyond her faith was a
fanaticism to defend the altars of her god.
distance travelled per unit time
Through the screaming wind they heard things crashing and things hurtling and dashing with unbelievable
violent and needless disturbance
Havoc was there with her mouth wide open.
a bleak and desolate atmosphere
Tea Cake and Janie stood on the edge of things and looked over the
The mother of malice had
trifled with men.
barrier preventing blacks from participating in various activities with whites
“Look lak dey think God don’t know nothin’ ’bout de
Jim Crow law.”
a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
So far as he’s concerned, all dem he don’t know oughta be tried and sentenced tuh six months behind de United States
privy house at hard smellin’.”
joined together into a whole
So de white man figger dat anything less than de Uncle Sam’s
consolidated water closet would be too easy.
marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
frantic with alarm.
make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise
snarled when he saw her dressed to go.
the property of being wild or turbulent
He gave her a look full of blank
ferocity and gurgled in his throat.
a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
She noted that even in his
delirium he took good aim.
excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
She threw up the barrel of the rifle in
frenzied hope and fear.
to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
Janie struggled to a sitting position and
pried the dead Tea Cake’s teeth from her arm.
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
“Now, Pheoby, don’t feel too mean wid de rest of’em ’cause dey’s
parched up from not knowin’ things.
The wind through the open windows had broomed out all the
fetid feeling of absence and nothingness.