Their Eyes Were Watching God

11. (CH.14#4)Describe the mood surrounding the card game at Tea Cake’s house.


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The author describes pianos playing all night long; she describes people singing and dancing and gambling. These contrasting images placed together articulate in picaresque form the great accomplishment of black culture at the time: their transcendence above poverty and destitution through a reliance on music, conversation, play, and love.