“She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to thinnest branch … So this was a marriage!” (Hurston).
Janie’s feminine feelings are awakened as she mediates under the pear tree and defines her idea of a perfect man-woman relationship. This imagery becomes reflective of Hurston’s notion of reciprocal love. In fact, this idea would become a conditioning desire for Janie in her quest for true love.
“Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, and things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches … Oh to be a pear tree-any tree in bloom!” (Hurston)
Janie’s first attempt on her quest for perfect love suffers a setback as she cherished her first physical intimacy with Johnny Taylor. Nanny, who was protective to her granddaughter objects to her relationship and keeps her confined at home. The lady plots to marry Janie a respectable old farmer, lest she should suffer the fate of her mother Leafy. Nanny has found her satisfaction as she is able to marry off her granddaughter to Logan Killicks, an unattractive old farmer, whose is an owner of sixty-acres of potato farm. She submits to the will of her grandmother, who is determined that love will follows after marriage, once the material security has been ensured. However, Janie’s dreams are jolted when she finds that Logan does not love her back and she was treated like a servant of the house, running about the domestic chores. For the first time in her life, Janie becomes doubtful of her concept of love and she is thrown into a dilemma. The barrenness and unfulfillment of her emotional life becomes reflected in the loneliness of the Logan household.
“a lonesome place like a stump in the middle of the woods where nobody had ever been. The house was absent of flavor, too” (Hurston).