"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. The strap broke with the single tug the boy gave it from behind. But the boy's weight... caused him to lose his balance,"
Mrs. Jones stopped, jerked him around in front of her, 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,"
'"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... and went to the sink,'"
Thank you, m'am.
"You thought I was going to say but, didn't you? You thought I was going to say but I didn't snatch people's pocketbooks. Well I wasn't going to say that... Eat some more, son,"
"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,"
"'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 as he turned at the foot of the barren stoop and looked up at the large woman.'"