There are only two characters in Langston Hughes' short story, "Thank You, M'am." Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is the woman who fends off a young purse-snatcher and then takes him home for dinner. Mrs. Jones is a hard-working older single woman who lives a simple life barely making ends meet. When Roger, a teenager, tries to take her purse, he is forced to follow her home. She splits her tiny meal with him and sees to it that he cleans himself up. She shows her trust in him by leaving her purse out in the open, believing that Roger is a good person who has merely made a mistake. When she discovers Roger's real reason for trying to steal her purse--to buy a pair of blue suede shoes--she kindly gives him the money to buy them.
The two characters in this story are Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones and Roger.