"A boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse. The strap broke with the single tug the boy gave it from behind. But the boy’s weight and the weight of the purse combined caused him to lose his balance."
Do you need somebody to go to the store?
Don't believe I do. unless you just want sweet milk yourself. I was going to make cocoa out of this canned milk I got here.
" But you put yourself in contact with me." said the woman. " If you think that contact is not going to last awhile, you got another thought coming. When I get through with you. sir. you are going to remember Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones."
Now, here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes.
“Then, Roger, you go to that sink and wash your face,” said the woman, whereupon she turned him loose-at last. Roger looked at the door-looked at the woman-looked at the door-and went to the sink.
Good night! Behave yourself, boy!
Thank you, ma'm
"But the boy took care to sit on the far side of the room where he thought she could easily see him out of the corner of her eye, if she wanted to. He did not trust the woman not to trust him. And he did not want to be mistrusted now."
“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."
"The boy wanted to say something else other than “Thank you, m’am” to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but he couldn’t do so as he turned at the barren stoop and looked back at the large woman in the door."