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John Updike's Short Story A & P

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Have you ever made mistakes that you regret later? So did almost 19 year old Sammy in John Updike’s short story “A&P”. Sammy works as a cashier at a family friend’s store A&P. He isn’t a teenager anymore but he isn’t no where ready for the real world. In the story “A&P” he goes through a life changing experience that taught him a very important The story starts out as an ordinary Thursday at A&P until three girls walk in wearing nothing but swimsuits in a store five miles away from a beach. People stare as they go by, including Sammy. At first he thinks of them as girls with jars of bees in their heads. He watches them as they make their way around the store and he begins to become attracted to them, especially their leader. She walks towards him with a jar of Fancy Herring Snacks in Pure Sour Cream and gives him the jar then proceeds to reach inside her bikini to pull out a dollar bill. Just as she’s about to give the money to him, the manager walks in. He tell the girls that this isn’t a beach, this makes Queenie blush in embarrassment. She tells him that they are decently dressed but the manager said that needed to wear something more appropriate for a grocery store that covered their shoulders.…show more content…
As the girls hurry out of the store he tells the manager “I quit”(pg 18). He wanted to be the girls’ to think of them as their unsuspected hero who would defend them against the manager, but unfortunately he wasn’t good looking enough for them and the girls left the store without glancing back at him. The manager responds with “I don’t think you know what you’re saying”( pg 19)which Sammy responds with “I know you don’t… but i do”(pg 19), and with that he takes off his apron and walks out the store. Once he’s outside he looks around for “his girls”, who were long gone. Then the reality that he was going to have to find a new job came down on
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