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Joe does not outright ask to reconcile with Janie after he slaps her, but the narrator says that "he wanted to be friendly with her again."
What keeps him from apologizing to Janie?
His pride and need for control
His belief that Janie deserved to be slapped
The teasing he would get from the other men if he apologized
The knowledge that Janie would never forgive him
His spiteful meanness