What are the character traits for the characters in "Thank You, M'am"?

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Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is a strong and savvy woman who is able to wrestle Roger to the ground when he attempts to steal her purse. Although she is physically large and powerful, she has a tender heart. Rather than bringing Roger to the police, she forces him to go home with her, where she feeds him dinner and gives him $10 to buy the shoes he desperately wants. She says that she understands him as she wanted things in her youth that she could not have, and she committed acts she wouldn't want anyone to know about. Though she forces Roger to wash his face, she isn't preachy. She is sympathetic and generous, and she shares what she has with the boy. She cares about what happens to him and advises him to be careful in the future. She won't even really allow Roger to say thank you, as she closes the door in his face as he is trying to thank her for the money.

Roger is about 14 or 15 and is thin and frail. Though he tries to steal Mrs. Jones's purse, he is clearly afraid of her...

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