What do you think Roger wants to say, other than "Thank you, M'am," to Mrs. Jones at the end of Langston Hughes's short story.

In parting, Roger likely wants to tell Mrs. Luella Bates that he appreciates her grace and authenticity in "Thank You, M'am." He likely also regrets singling out this strong and kind woman as his victim.

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What a great question that really takes into account many textual details toward character development. If I had to guess, here are some things that Roger would have liked to say that night in parting:

  • "I'm sorry." After all, Roger and Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones only meet because Roger tries to rob her. He also underestimates both her strength and her fighting spirit, and I think he probably regrets that he singled her out as a weak and likely easy victim. Mrs. Jones proves herself capable of taking care of herself, and she's a kind and generous person, too. Roger is surely sorry that he tried to victimize this woman.
  • "Thank you for seeing me." Roger tells Mrs. Jones that there is no one at his home. He doesn't get enough to eat, and he's dirty. Roger is likely looked over by his society, part of the faded background of life where he doesn't matter to much of anyone. Yet on this night, Mrs. Jones truly sees him and extends her sense of home to him, treating him like family instead of...

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