Vergible “Tea Cake” Woods was Janie’s third husband. They married after Jody Stark, Janie’s second husband, passed on. He was a gambler, who early on in the relationship took some money that Janie had saved away. Tea Cake treated Janie well and for the first time in her life she felt that someone recognized her individuality. Janie realized that Tea Cake was genuinely in love with her and was not after the estate left behind by her late husband and this endeared him to her. Vergible took Janie to the Everglades where they engaged in some subsistence farming. At one time, Vergible whipped Janie to assert his dominance over her and to demonstrate the same to the local folks. Vergible died from rabies after he was beaten by a dog when he tried to save his wife during the hurricane.