Why do you think Mrs. Jones handles the situation the way she does in the story, and how do you think the experience is likely to affect Roger's future?

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In "Thank You Ma'am" by Langston Hughes, young Roger meets his match when he attempts to steal the purse of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. Instead of grabbing the purse and running away, Roger falls when the strap of the purse breaks. Mrs. Jones lands a kick before pulling Roger up by his shirt. Although she is clearly angry, Mrs. Jones reacts in an unexpected way. Instead of calling for help or calling the police, she proceeds to march the young man to her home. Once there, Mrs. Jones instructs Roger to wash his face and then feeds him dinner. Before bidding him goodnight, she hands him some money.

Why does Mrs. Jones react the way she does? Near the end of the story, Roger shares that...

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