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Reality Bites Life seems to always be about trial and error Making mistakes is a big part of growing up Nevertheless as mistakes are made there are always valuable lessons to be learned John Updike illustrates this point as he guides us through a day in the life of Sammy the central character in the story AP John Updike teaches the reader about growing up as he develops Sammys character through phases of innocence experiences and finally understanding It is just another ordinary day at the local AP found in a small town north of Boston Sammy a cashier is just another ordinary kid going about his daily routine at work Then out of nowhere comes in three girls These three girls are obviously strangers to the local town However Sammys interest is sparked by one of the girls in particular Queenie the leader of the three According to Sammy the three girls carry in an air of class and style unlike the average AP shoppers To say the least these girls stand out in the crowd This seems to make everyone including the store manager Lengel uncomfortable Everyone except for Sammy Sammy continues to be intrigued by the mysterious strangers At this point Sammy begins to feel that he may be missing out on something in life and decides to step out of his comfortable bubble and into a whole new world of the unknown As the author begins the story the reader is given a clear picture of Sammys innocence The characters innocence is illustrated at first in the way he responds to these three girls in nothing but bathing suits These girls represent the outside world to Sammy even a slight bit of rebellion considering the small bubble that Sammy lives in These girls especially Queenie were most definitely foreign to the small bubble that Sammy and the others lived in As Queenie purchases Fancy Herring Snacks Sammy
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