In Chapter Four of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, because Janie's grandmother has been worried about Janie's "budding," she has given Janie to the much older Logan Killicks for marriage so that Janie will be secure. However, Janie soon discovers that "marriage did not make love." Soon, Logan begins to resent Janie unhappiness, also feeling that Janie thinks she is better than he. Logan concludes that Janie is spoiled and the grandmother thinks he will spoil her, as well. So, he heads for town one day and tells Janie that she must help him next year in the garden. In the passage, he informs Janie that she must chop some wood. However, Janie refuses, saying that she has no intention of chopping wood. Here Janie asserts her own will. She later tells another husband,
Mah own mind had tuh be squeezed and crowded out tuh make room for yours in me.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel of self-discovery, a young woman's realization that she is a person unto herself who needs care and love.