“And when she gained the privacy of her own little shack she stayed on her knees so long she forgot she was there herself. There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought. Nanny entered this infinity of conscious pain again on her old knees. Towards morning she muttered, ‘Lawd, you know mah heart. Ah done de best Ah could do. De rest is left to you.’ She scuffled up from her knees and fell heavily across the bed. A month later she was dead” (24).
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.
Notes: Janie not constrained anymore by her mother’s wishes. free to leave her husband. Nanny did what she did because she does not want Janie to have a life like she had. Mind thoughts–making excuses. Security for Janie