"She was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse. The strap broke with a single tug the boy gave it from behind. But the boy's weight, and with the weight of the purse combined causing him to lose his balance."
"Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled. After that the woman said, “Pick up my pocketbook, boy, and give it here.” She still held him... continued to drag him up the street."
"She said, “What is your name?” “Roger,” answered the boy. “Then, Roger, you go to that sink and wash your face,” said the woman, where upon she turned him loose—at last. Roger looked at the door—looked at the woman—looked at the door—and went to the sink."
“I wanted a pair of blue suede shoes,” said the boy. “Well, you didn’t have to snatch my pocketbook to get some suede shoes,” said Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. “You could of asked me.” “M’am?” The water dripping from his face, the boy looked at her. There was a long pause. A very long pause."
"She heated some lima beans and ham she had in the icebox, made the cocoa, and set the table."
"When they were finished eating she got up and said, “Now, here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes." The boy wanted to say something else other than “Thank you, m’am” to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but he couldn’t.."