When I get through with you sir, you are going to remember Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones."
"She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but hammer and nails. It had a long strap and she carried it slung over her shoulder (Hughes)."
"Instead of taking off full blast as he had hoped, the boy fell on his back on the sidewalk, and his legs flew up (Hughes)."
"Let the water run until it gets warm," she said. "Here's a clean towel... The water dripping from his face. After he had dried his face, and not knowing what else to do dried it again. (Hughes)."
"Instead as they ate, she told him about her job in a hotel beauty shop that stayed open late, what the work was like, and how all kinds of women came in and out, blondes, redheads, and brunettes (Hughes)."
"Now, here take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes. And next time, do not make the mistake of latching onto my pocketbook nor nobody else's- because shoes come by devilish like that will burn your feet (Hughes)."
"The boy wanted to say something other than, "Thank you M'am," to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but although his lips moved, he couldn't even say that.. (Hughes)."