In Thank You M'am by Langston Hughes,do you think  Mrs Jones was a well-to-do lady?

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In Thank You M'am by Langston Hughes, it becomes obvious very quickly that, despite her impressive- sounding name, Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones has no claim to riches. Her reaction to Roger when he tries to steal her purse, picking him up after he falls on the sidewalk and using the colloquial "ain't," reveal an average, upstanding citizen, making her own way home late at night - on foot which is something a "well-to-do" lady would obviously not be expected to do. Her down-to-earth nature is revealed as she recognizes Roger's apparent homelessness and takes him to her own home to wash his face and have some food. Mrs Jones lives in a shared space and recalls her own childhood when "I wanted things I could not get." She tells Roger that she works in a hotel beauty shop and she offers him some of her "10 cent cake." All of this reveals that she is a hard-working member of the working class and not too proud to help a boy in need even though she does not have much herself.