“An envious heart makes a treacherous ear. They done ‘heard’ ’bout you just what they hope done happened.”
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006 page 37.
Here Phoebe speaks about the effects of what envy can do to one speaking in a social context. Hurston’s novel is based heavily on what others said, instead of the whole truth. This puts the subject of altered truth into perspective for the reader to analyze.