In Their Eyes Were Watching God, what does Janie ask herself as her marriage approaches?

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The answer to this question can be found at the very beginning of Chapter Three. Now that she is being forced to marry Logan, an older man who Janie's grandmother selected for her daughter to marry in an attempt to curb her budding sexuality, Janie finds that the vision of sexuality she received whilst standing at the pear tree causes her to ask some very deep and profound questions. Note what she asks herself as the day of her marriage slips ever closer:

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. Janie had no chance to know things, so she had to ask. Did marriage end the cosmic loneliness of the unmated? Did marriage compel love like the sun in the day?

For Janie, a young girl who is on the cusp of womanhood, she has never had any real opportunity to experience life and love, and so these are the kind of questions that she asks herself as she tries to work out the meaning of love and of how marriage fits into her understanding of love and loneliness.

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