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As the title suggests, John Updike’s “A&P” takes place in an A&P store. A cashier named Sammy is working the day when three girls walk inside to shop wearing only bathing suits and he becomes instantly interested, watching them as they browse the aisles of the store, and a fellow cashier named Stokesie admires them with him. All the while, Sammy has a running dialogue in his mind which consists of his comments on the three girls’ physical appearances, and he gives each a nickname based on the way he sees them. The one who seems to be the leader of the group and also the one he finds most attractive, he nicknames Queenie. The two others, who he is considerably less impressed by, are dubbed Plaid and Big Tall Goony Goony. When the girls choose his checkout line to make their purchase, Sammy becomes excited, but Lengel, the store manager, scolds them for entering the store inappropriately dressed. Sammy, feeling as if Lengel had embarrassed and mistreated the girls, makes the hasty decision to quit his job. He leaves the building and looks around for the girls, hoping that they are impressed by his choice and that they see him as their hero. However but he becomes disappointed when he realizes they are already gone.
The narrator, Sammy, doesn’t get much of an introduction or a description. However, the reader obtains more of an understanding of the character as we see these girls in their bathing suits through this 19 year old guy’s eyes. We do find out that he doesn’t really think anything else about women except the way they look. Comments of his are sprinkled about in the story in which he says things like, “You never know for sure how girls’ minds work. (Do you really think it’s a mind in there or just a little buzz like a bee in a glass jar?)” His descriptions of women only come from the surface and go from one extreme to...

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