At the end of the novel of Their Eyes Were Watching God, does Janie die? Or, is she just thinking, daydreaming about Tea Cake and finding peace?

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After Janie finishes her story to her old friend, Phoeby feels inspired to live more fully and hurries away,thinking of things to do with her husband, and promising to defend Janie against any of the townspeople who malign her. Afterwards, Janie goes to her room and senses the presence of Tea Cake so strongly that "the song of the sigh" of missing him "flew out the window." Now, she can be at peace: "She pulled in her horizon like a great fish net"; that is, Janie has lived as she wanted, and loved as she wanted--her horizons. And, so, she closes these horizons of her life around her in peace. No longer is Janie concerned with how others judge her or the moral code by which others deem she should live. Janie, at last, has found her own person right there in her old room.


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