In the short story there a women walking home late at night with a large purse that she wore across her shoulder.
Then a boy comes down the street and tries to steal her purse, but due to its weight he got flung on to the ground.
As he fell she kicked him in his "blue-leaned skitter", she then helped him up and asked him why he did what he did.
.She took him then in side to "get [him cleaned] up. As they walked she asked him some questions about himself.
Once they get to her house she helps clean him up in the bathroom. She then made dinner for him since no one was at home with him.
When it was time for the boy to leave Mrs. Luella gave him ten dollars to buy "some blue suede shoes". As he left he wanted to say more than "Thank you, ma'am", but could barley get thank you out before she shut her door.