If you were Mrs. Jones in "Thank You, M'am," would you take Roger home? Explain why or why not.Think back over the story.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the end of the story, of course you would say Mrs. Jones is right to take Roger home.  However, you would have to think that she was probably a bit rash in doing this.

First of all, we do know that he was a skinny guy, but he was 14 or 15 and you would think he could have been a physical danger to her, even though she is big.  Surely if he would have grabbed a knife or something he could have hurt her.  Second, he might have stolen from her.  After all, she gave him plenty of opportunity.

I don't blame her for the second thing.  If she wants to risk having stuff stolen, that's fine.  But I do think that, if I were her, I would have been a little worried about bringing the kid home because he might physically hurt me.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Difficult choice to make. Whilst I certainly celebrate Mrs. Jones for her character and her bravery in dragging Roger back with her, she definitely took a risk. However, perhaps we can infer that she noticed something in Roger that immediately made her suspect that he needed some sort of input in his life to prevent him from going down a path towards crime from which there is no return, and perhaps she decided on impulse to try and be that input. If I was a single person without a wife and children, I might be tempted to do the same thing.

uniquelytri | Student

no i would not take roger home after he tried to steal my purse i dont know what else he would try to steal