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

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Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is not a wealthy lady when it comes to her finances, but she does have a wealth of character. She's willing to share the little she has with a boy who tries to rob her because she can see past his negative actions to the hopelessness and sorrow beneath them.

It's clear that Mrs. Jones isn't rich when one examines her circumstances. She lives in a house with other roomers. She's walking home alone at night. She has a large, utilitarian purse that breaks with only a pull on the strap. She says that she was young once and wanted things she could not get—showing that she has empathy with the boy's lack of money.

Near the end of the story, she explains that she works in a hotel beauty-shop that stays open late.

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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. 

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