Thank You Ma'm

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In this short story by Langston Hughes, a teenage boy named Roger wants a pair of blue suede shoes. He tries to snatch Mrs. Jones’s purse as she is walking home. The attempt fails, and Mrs. Jones collars the boy, who is no match for his captor. She drags Roger home with her, feeds him, talks to him, and gives him ten dollars for his shoes. She ends their encounter with advice to behave himself. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)

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