The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Why doesn't Joanna eat at the table with others?

Chapter 26: I steal the King's Plunder

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It is never stated why Joanna does not eat at the table with the others but we can speculate it is because she has a "hair-lip" or cleft palate. She may be sensitive about the way she looks or her family may not want to look at her when they eat.