The beginning and end of Their Eyes Were Watching God provide a frame for the novel. At the start, Janie returns to Eatonville, and her former neighbors gossip about her from their porches. She finds her friend Pheoby Watson and proceeds to tell Pheoby her life story. At the end of the novel, Janie's story is finished, and she impresses Pheoby and the reader with her newfound confidence and independence.
Janie remembers the scenes before her return to Eatonville; she and her third husband, Tea Cake, survived a hurricane in the Everglades, but he was bitten by a rabid dog when it tried to attack Janie. He then catches the disease and goes mad. He eventually threatens Janie's life, so she kills him in self-defense. She is put on trial but is exonerated.
The last paragraph of the novel reads:
Then Tea Cake came prancing around her where she was and the song of the sigh flew out of the window and lit in the top of the pine trees. Tea Cake, with the sun for a shawl. Of course he wasn’t dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of love and light against the wall. Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.
Janie's memories of Tea Cake are joyous; she thinks of him as alive in her heart and her memory. Despite the trauma of his death, she is grateful for her experiences with him.
She feels at "peace" now, in a way she never did when she lived in Eatonville as Joe's wife. When the narrator refers to all of the "life in [the] meshes" of "her horizon like a great fish-net," she implies that Janie is grateful for all of her life experiences. She gathers them around her and they give her comfort. When "She called in her soul to come and see," Janie is reflecting on the life she has just told us about.
The figurative language of the last few lines suggests that Janie is fully comfortable and confident in who she is. This shows tremendous character growth for our protagonist.