Joe is using Janie as a trophy wife and doesn't really think about her just for her. Joe is a hypocrite and every time joe thinks Janie doesn't do what joe likes he will control Janie and tell he what he wants he to do. Page 49 " he gits on her now and then when she make little mistakes around de store ".
When Jody stood up for the speech he said what he wanted to say. Then when janie stood up Jody said to sit back down because Janie's just a house wife not a mayors wife, she's just there. Page 46 " but dont ya think it keeps us in uh kinda strain ".