“She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman” (30).
Growing up, I was constantly confronted with the idea that I should enjoy my youth, because as soon as I got out of it, things were going to get more shitty. Here, it seems as though she’s lost her last bit of youth. Her first, most important dream of finding love was impossible, so she buckled down, grew up and accepted being an adult as best she could.