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John Updikes AP features a few moments in the life of a young man who works at a grocery store He becomes enamored of three girls who walk into the store dressed in bathing suits The protagonist Sammy finds that his choices lead to sometimes disappointing consequences as he is faced with having to explain awkward circumstances to his parents Updike develops this coming of age story using details as part of the exposition rising action crisis climax falling action and resolution The exposition begins in the first paragraph as the three girls walk into the store Sammy is at his register checking out other customers when he notices the girls In walks three girls in nothing but bathing suits Im in the third checkout with my back to the door so I dont see them until theyre over by the breadUpdike 12 Updike provides details about Sammys interaction with the girls These details humanize Sammy The reader can readily identify with a youngster whose attention is diverted at work The story opens abruptlyIn walks these three girlsand maintains that vernacular conversational ungrammatical voice throughout its 250 linesPeck 3 The exposition occurs in the first few sentences and sets up a series of events between the girls and the other customers The rising action begins in the first paragraph as Sammy rings up a box of Hi Ho Crackers incorrectly The customer he is serving gives him trouble about the mistake and the reader observes the first of his many expressions of boredom with supper market society Shes one of those cash-register- watchers a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows and I know it made her day to trip me upUpdike 12 This incident creates a comical tone Sammys voice is also explicitly humorous as David Peck points out The rising action also sets the stage for several crisis within the story The first moment of crisis is
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