Their Eyes Were Watching God

34. Explain what Pheobe means when she says, " An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.They done "heard" 'bout you just what they hope done happened" (5).


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Phoebe is trying to explain that Janie needs to at least pretend to be friendly to the gossipers. When Janie avoids or disdains them, even though they deserve it, they turn their wrath on Janie. They will merely make stories up about her if there is nothing to see.