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Tea Cake wakes up in the middle of the night feeling like someone is strangling him in his sleep. He tries to drink water but it chokes him. In the morning, Janie is worried and calls Doctor Simmons. She tells him that Tea Cake was bit by a dog one month ago in the storm. Doctor Simmons tells her that Tea Cake has rabies and will die. He will try to fetch an antidote for Tea Cake, but it is probably useless because the disease has had so much time to progress.