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The PRIMARY reason that Joe would not let Janie take part in town revelry very often is that
he is afraid that she will meet other men and leave him for someone else.
he doesn't want anyone to realize how intelligent she actually is.
he is afraid that people will realize that she comes from a lower-class family.
he doesn't want her involved in "common" conversation that would mark her as the equal of the townspeople.
he is afraid she will embarrass him.