“Show me somethin’ dat caution ever made! Look whut nature took and done. Nature got so high in uh black hen she got tuh lay uh white egg. Now you tell me, how come, whut got intuh man dat he got tuh have hair round his mouth? Nature!”

I found this quote interesting as it alludes to the Nature vs Nature concept, except caution takes place instead of nature and the basis runs that caution, or “nuture”  was created out of nature. And I thought of it in regards to how Janie was raised firstly as she rejects the ideals of Nanny and vice versa as Nanny rejects the ideals of Janie. Both characters strong and stubborn in consideration of the life they yearn for, as Nanny projects her dreams through Janie.

strange abyss

It was the abyss of human illusion that was the real, the tideless deep.

James, “The Middle Years” 355

Human illusion can allude to many things. Is it rooted in deceit and consciousness or is it a more natural state of being? And is the relation this refers to between people or unto them as a whole?