Their Eyes Were Watching God

“Dat school teacher had done hid her in de woods all night long, and he had done raped mah baby and run on off just before day.” (19)

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Harper Perennial: 1937.

I picked this quote because of how jarring it is to talk about the rape of your own daughter, but also because of the language used in the dialogue. The language and tone created by the specific southern black dialect used by these characters makes it much harder to read and actually figure out what is happening, paired with the rape of a character here makes it even more of a disturbing scene.