Mrs. Jones Schools Roger
Mrs. Jones, the protagonist in “Thank You Ma’am,” by Langston Hughes has a few traits that influence her relationships with others.
One, she is kind. Two, she is strong. Three, she is generous.
These traits influence her relationships with others. For example, early in the story, "she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled.” Strength comes into play here when Roger tries to take her purse, but Mrs. Jones grabs him.
Throughout the whole story, Mrs. Jones, is basically schooling Roger. “The woman said, ‘You ought to be my son. I would teach you right from wrong. Least I can do right now is to wash your face. Are you hungry?’ ” Mrs. Jones's response here deepens a reader’s sense of her generosity, and sparks a feeling of being protected by a kind woman.