There is textual evidence that Mrs. Jones is no longer married, works late at a beauty parlor, and made some bad decisions herself at some point in her life.
We know that Mrs. Jones works until late at night, because most people would not be walking home when it’s almost midnight. You do not walk alone that late in the city unless you have to.
It was about eleven o’clock at night, and she was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse.
We also know that Mrs. Jonas was married, but does not seem to be currently married. She appears to live alone except for the other roomers in the rooming house.
“…When I get through with you, sir, you are going to remember Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones.”
We also know that Mrs. Bates has a bit of a checkered past. She tells Roger that she was “young once” and implies that she understands his desire to turn to crime. She also tells him that she...
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