Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapter 8
Janie's marriage gets even worse. Jody moves out of their bedroom to sleep downstairs. Janie and her best friend Pheoby Watson talk about Janie's failing marriage. Janie is very hurt.
Jody has kidney failure and becomes ill. He does not have a lot of time left to live. He does not allow Janie to go into the sick room to visit him. Finally, Janie disobeys him and goes in, so that she can talk to him. They argue over whether or not Janie was a good wife. She tells him that she never had a chance to really show him who she was because he was always restricting her.
They argue more and Jody eventually dies. Janie feels bad for him, but she also feels free of him. She goes over to the mirror and pulls down her long hair that Joe always made her tie up. She no longer sees a little girl in the mirror, but a beautiful woman.