When Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones grabs Roger by the collar and drags him home after he attempts to steal her pocketbook, she demonstrates her generosity and hospitality by allowing him to wash his face while she prepares a nice meal for him. Mrs. Jones heats up some lima beans and ham that she had in her icebox and also gives Roger a nice cup of cocoa. After the two eat dinner, Mrs. Jones offers Roger a slice of her ten-cent cake. Mrs. Jones's meal is hearty and indicates that her finances are rather stable. Ham, lima beans, and cake do not make up an expensive meal, but the reader does recognize that Mrs. Jones is not poor either.
Given the fact that Mrs. Jones tells Roger that she is employed at a hotel beauty-shop, the reader can infer that she is more than likely a member of the lower/middle class. Mrs. Jones's humble salary only emphasizes her generosity, hospitality, and benevolence. She also gives Roger ten dollars to purchase a pair of blue suede shoes, which surprises the impressionable teenager, who feels grateful and appreciative.