Langston Hughes begins his story humorously, "She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but a hammer and nails." Clearly, the advantage is to Mrs. Jones when the thin boy tugs on it, breaking the strap because of the contradiction in forces and tumbling backwards as the moving weight of the purse takes him down like a WWE wrestler jumping from the ropes. Then, like a tag-team wrestler who enters the ring after her partner has made the take-down, Mrs. Jones turns around and issues the boy a swift kick in his seat.
The reader wonders if Mrs. Jones who is out walking at 11:00 P.M. purposely has such a bag. For, she is rather calm as she turns around to kick Roger as though she has not been worried about someone whisking off with such a bag as hers. At any rate, she is in command of the situation beginning to end of the story.
"Pick up my pocketbook, boy, and give it here....Now, ain't you ashamed of yourself?"
And, at the end of the narrative, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones tells Roger,
"Good night! Behave yourself, boy!"
"Thank you, ma'am."