Thank You M'am, a short story by Langston Hughes, reveals the potential for good from even the smallest act of kindness. Despite having her purse almost ripped away from her, Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones, looks far beyond the boy's actions when assessing the situation after he tries to steal her purse. Mrs Jones is apparently a hard-working woman on her way home from her job in a hotel beauty shop and when she recognizes Roger's circumstances - it's late at night, his face is dirty and he is "frail and willow-wild." She takes this opportunity, even though it's 11 o'clock at night, to, not only teach him a valuable lesson in humility but also to ensure he has a good meal and a clean face. She even supplies the $10 for the blue suede shoes he is so desperate to own.
It was about 11 O'clock at night when the boy tried to snatch Mrs Jones's purse.