How does the word "large" apply to Mrs. Jones's entire treatment of Roger in "Thank You, M'am" ?

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Mrs. Jones is a very large woman.  She is large in personality, and in physical presence.  Mrs. Jones also makes a large gesture when she takes Roger home, counsels him, and gives him the money for blue suede shoes.

Mrs. Jones is physically intimidating.  When Roger tries to grab her purse, she knocks him down.

The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in his blue-jeaned sitter. Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled.

Mrs. Jones has a large personality.  Mrs. Jones is not frightened by Roger.  She doesn’t scream, and she also does not turn him in to the police.  She kicks him in the butt, and then makes him get her purse.  She grabs him and doesn’t let go.

"But you put yourself in contact with me," said the woman. "If you think that that contact is not going to last awhile, you got another thought coming. When I get through with you, sir, you are going to remember Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones."

Mrs. Jones also makes a large gesture.  She takes Roger home and cooks for him.  She even gives him the money for the shoes, the reason he tried to steal from her.  She realizes he has no one at home, and so she counsels him and tries to help him be a better person.

“…[Shoes] come be devilish like that will burn your feet. I got to get my rest now. But I wish you would behave yourself, son, from here on in.”

No doubt, Mrs. Jones made a big impression on Roger!