Symbolically, what's interesting about Hughes' description of Mrs. Jones' purse in the story Thank You, Ma'am by Langston Hughes?

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"Thank You M'am" by Langston Hughes commences with a description of Mrs. Jones and her purse. It says, "She was a large woman with a large purse" and this alerts the reader to the importance of both in the unfolding story. What should have been a fairly straightforward exercise for Roger becomes a life-changing event for him and the fact that Mrs. Jones's purse is so large that it contains everything except "hammer and nails" suggests that it symbolizes her no-nonsense approach and her attitude in life. The weight of the purse is...

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