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In the story "Thank you, M'am," is Mrs. Jones wise or foolish to trust Roger? Why?

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Mrs. Jones's actions in "Thank You, Ma'am" are a calculated risk and can only be judged as wise when considered in retrospect.  She reaches out to a total stranger, a boy who has tried to rob her, and focuses on his needs, not his misdeed.  Wisdom is acquired through observation and experience, and Mrs. Jones has seen her share of deprivation. She understands what it can provoke in a person, particularly a young person without sufficient guidance.  Mrs. Jones possesses the ability to size Roger up and see that he is a young man who can benefit and learn from kindness instead of punishment. Mrs. Jones is wise enough to understand that physically punishing...

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