Their eyes were watching god.

“What she doin’ coming back here in dem overhalls? Can’t she find no dress to put on?—Where’s dat blue satin dress she left here in?—Where all dat money her husband took and died and left her?—What dat ole forty year ole ’oman doin’ wid her hair swingin’ down her back lak some young gal?—Where she left dat young lad of a boy she went off here wid?—Thought she was going to marry?—Where he left her?—What he done wid all her money?—Betcha he off wid some gal so young she ain’t even got no hairs—why she don’t stay in her class?—”

 

The language uses black vernacular. This piece talks about the type of women whom she used to be compared to who she is now that she’s back. She used to seem all classy when they describe her in her “satin blue dress” compared to what she arrived back in which was the overalls. They also talk about how she her husband had left her money which could explain why in the previous paragraphs she came back from “a sudden death.” The people that are watching her I believe are her neighbors and they are doing so out of jealously and curiosity. They wanted to know more about her and why she decided to come back after so long. In this piece it talks a lot about hierarchy, so you can tell that there is a big line between who she was before she left, who she was when she left, and who she turned out to be when she returned.

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