What does Luella Bates do for the boy once they arrive at her house?

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Roger's failed attempt to steal the purse of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones lands him at her house. After dragging Roger down the street, Mrs. Jones' first direction to him upon entering her home is to tell him to wash his face. Roger notices the door is open. Instead of running, he does as he is told and washes his face. Roger informs Mrs. Jones that no one is at his house. This leads her to believe that perhaps he tried to steal her purse because he was hungry. However, Roger shares with her that he wanted the money for a pair of shoes. While Mrs. Jones prepares dinner, Roger has another opportunity to run. Again, he chooses to stay. Over dinner, Mrs. Jones tells Roger about her job. Once Roger is well-fed, she hands him ten dollars, tells him to behave, and wishes him a good night.

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Instead of reporting Roger to the police for attempting to snatch her pocketbook, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones takes pity on the boy and takes him home with her. Once there, Mrs. Jones determines that the boy must be hungry—that's why he tried to steal her pocketbook, she figures. Roger says that he actually wanted to buy a pair of blue suede shoes, but he also mentions that there's no one home at his house. This further conveys the impression that Roger's a poor, neglected child who looks like he could do with something to eat. So Luella fixes them both a modest little meal. She makes some cocoa out of canned milk, heats up some lima beans and ham she'd been keeping in the ice-box, and cuts Roger a slice of her ten-cent cake.

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