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.

As I lay dying

But when we got to town this morning Miss Lawington told me the lady had changed her mind and was not going to have the party after all.

“She ought to taken them,” Kate says. “But those rich town ladies can change their minds. Poor folks cant.”

Riches is nothing in the face of the Lord, for He can see into the heart. “Maybe I can sell them at the bazaar Saturday,” I say. They turned out real well.

In this short piece, Cora s talking to whom I believe is Kate about the cakes she baked. What can be seen here is that there is a difference between economic status. For instance, the rich have more power to deny the baked goods then the poor. I questioned that because I feel like the rich shouldn’t have more power to deny simply because they have the funds to give, meanwhile the poor has less and yet more to worry about. This piece also includes religion which gives the readers a sense of whim Cora is in relation to Kate. She seems to be more optimistic about the goods not selling. But at the same time she is very confident in herself and gives herself enough compliments about the baked goods she made.

Mrs. Dalloway – Mind

“No, no, no! He was not in love with her any more! He only felt, after seeing her that morning, among her scissors and skills, making ready for the party, unable  to get away from the thought of her;…”


The whole novel is told in third person omniscient which includes someone being in the mind of every character and knowing exactly how they feel. In this specific line, the narrator is telling the feelings of Hugh. This is stating that he does not feel love for her anymore but instead sees her as a young childlike individual. Letting us see into the mind allows us to see his perspective on Clarissa and why he sees her as such.


In Our Time

Chapter 8

“While the bombardment was knocking the trench to pieces at Fossalta, he lay very flat and  sweated and prayed oh jesus Christ get me out of here. Dear jesus please get me out. Christ please please please Christ. If you’ll only keep me from getting killed I’ll do anything you say. I believe in you and I’ll tell everyone in the world that you are the only thing that matters. Please please dear jesus. The shelling moved further  up the line. We went to work on the trench and in the morning the sun came up and the day was hot and muggy and cheerful and quiet. The next night back at Mestre he did not tell the girl he went upstairs with at the Villa Rossa about Jesus. And he never told anybody.”

  • Fossalta is in Italy.
  • HE could be talking about anyone.
  • Begging didn’t seem sincere.
  • Goes back to everyone I know that does the same thing. Many only call upon Jesus when needed and once they are saved they don’t care for him anymore.
  • Towards the end I expected him not to even bother mentioning Jesus name.
  • What I did find weird was that through out the whole thing, Jesus was not capitalized and then towards the end Jesus was capitalized.


“Karintha is a women, and she has a child. A child fell out of her womb onto a bed of pine-needles in the forest. Pine-needles are smooth and sweet. They are elastic to the feet of rabbits… A sawmill was nearby. Its pyramidal sawdust pile smouldered. It is a  year before one completely burns. Meanwhile, the smoke curls up and hangs in odd wraiths about the trees, curls up, and spreads itself out over the valley… Weeks after Karintha returned home the smoke was so heavy you tasted it in water. Some one made a song:

Smoke is on the hills. Rise up.

Smoke is on the hills.

O rise And take my soul to Jesus. ”


Karintha seems to excite young and older men. I feel like she just had a child by a man with whom she probably doesn’t even know or maybe doesn’t even know the father. Since this was fraud upon back then it seems like she didn’t want to keep it. When it says the child fell out of her womb and onto the pile of pine-needles it means she purposely did that. Then talks about burning which I think means she might have set the baby on fire. Then the song that someone created seems like it could be talking about the death of the baby and taking its soul to heaven or even Karintha’s soul because having a child and killing it could signify that she’s losing it and wishing her soul was with Jesus instead.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

“The Vances lived in number seven. They had a different father and mother. They were Eileen’s father and mother. When they were grown up he was going to marry Eileen. He Hid under the table. His mother said:

-O, Stephen will apologize.

Dante Said:

-O, if not, the eagles will come and pull out his eyes. –

Pull out his eyes, Apologize, Apologize, Pull out his eyes, Apologize, Pull out his eyes, Pull out his eyes, Apologize.”


Vances? Is this a Family last name? Is the number seven the address to the Vances house or apartment? Is Stephen supposed to marry Eileen? Is it a real eagle? Can eagles even pull out eyes or claw them?

“The Beast in the Jungle.”

“What he had asked of her had been simply at first not to laugh at him. she had beautifully not done so for ten years, and she was not doing so now. So he had endless gratitude to make up. Only for that  he must see just how he had figured to her.”

Even after she knew this for so long, she never looked at him differently. She was even more easy going now than before and was still willing to be with him and around him.