What might be on Roger's mind throughout the story "Thank You, Ma'am" by Toni Cade Bambara?

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In the beginning of Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Thank You, Ma'am," the only thing on Roger's mind is that he is upset about getting caught. He is worried that Mrs. Jones will turn him over to the authorities and that he will go to jail. Once he has spent some time with Mrs. Jones, though, he realizes she is a good person, and he wants her to trust him. He offers to go to the store for her to prove that she can trust him. He also refrains from taking Mrs. Jones' purse and running when he has the opportunity. In a very short time, Roger changes from thinking only of himself to thinking about earning this woman's trust--the one who has taken him in, fed him, spoken with him, and given him money for the shoes he wants.