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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston
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What happens every hour in the jooks?

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Shortly after Janie and Tea Cake move on to the banks of Lake Okechobee and the field workers begin to pour in, we read the following description:

All night now the jooks clanged and clamored. Pianos living three lifetimes in one. Blues made and used right on the spot. Dancing, fighting, singing, laughing, winning and losing love every hour. Work all day for money, fight all night for love.

The pace of life down in the Everglades is completely different from anything Janie has experienced before. The people--including their motivations, priorities, and passions--are completely different than anything she has experienced as well. However, she enjoys and relishes it.

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