Hurston, Their Eyes – Janie and Pheoby

“‘Pheoby, we been kissin’-friends for twenty years, so Ah depend on you for a good thought. And Ah’m talking to you from dat standpoint.’

Time makes everything old so the kissing, young darkness became a monstropolous thing while Janie talked” (7).

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006.

Janie trusts Pheoby because they are old friends. The “time” between them has fostered trust in their relationship, and Janie relies on Pheoby to tell her the truth about the townspeople’s gossip after her return. Similar to As I Lay Dying, Hurston uses the vernacular and dialect of this region and community (“Ah,” “Ah’m”) with little, if anything, lost in translation to Standard American English.