"She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but hammer and nails....It was about eleven o'clock at night, and she was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse."
Go wash your face clean.
"Instead of taking off full blast as he hoped, the boy fell on his back on the sidewalk, and his legs flew up. The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in his blue-jeaned sitter."
Brunettes, redheads, blondes....
"Mrs. Jones stopped, jerked him around in front of her, put a half nelson about his neck, and continued to drag him up the street....The boy could hear other roomers laughing and talking in a large house."
Thank you, m'am.
" "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."
She heated some lima beans and ham she had in the icebox, made the cocoa, and set the table...Instead, as they ate, she told him about her job in a hotel beauty shop that stayed open late, what work was like, and how all kinds of women came in and out...."
"..but although his lips moved, he couldn't even say that as he turned at the foot of the barren stoop and looked up at the large woman in the door. Then she shut the door."