"It was eleven o'clock...when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse. "The strap broke..."But the boy's weight, and the weight of the purse... caused him to lose his balance."
"'But you put yourself in contact with me' ... 'If you think that contact is going to last awhile, you got another thing coming.'"
"Mrs. Jones stopped, jerked him around..., put a half nelson around his neck, and continued to drag him up the street. When she got to her door, she dragged the boy inside..."
"'No'm'...'I just want you to turn me loose.'"
" After awhile she said ' I were young once and I wanted things I could not get.'..'You thought I was going to say, but I didn't steal people's pocketbooks. Well, I wasn't...' I have done things, too...'"
"'I wanted a pair of blue suede shoes.'"
"'Well, you didn't have to steal my pocketbook...' You could've asked me.'"
"She heated some lima beans and ham she had... made the cocoa, and set the table."
"The woman did not ask the boy anything...that would embarrass him. Instead as they ate she told him about her job in a hotel beauty salon.. 'Eat some more, son,' she said."
"' Good-night! Behave yourself boy!' she said... the boy wanted to say something other than. 'Thank you, m'am', to Mrs. Luella Bate Washington Jones..."
"'Now, here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue sued shoes. And next time, do not make the mistake of latching onto my pocketbook nor nobody else's...'"