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All things are not as they first appear to be That sentence thematically summarizes the story AP by John Updike This short story tells of a turning point in the young life of 19 year old Sammy Superficially its a tale of a small town boy quitting his job for all the wrong reasons In depth its much more significant than that The story immediately begins with a description of the three girls who changed Sammys life When the leader of the trio is insulted by the manager of the store where Sammy toils as a checkout boy a confrontation is born The girls hold their own however Sammy doesnt let it rest It seems like gallantry comes from him as it appears he quit out of honor The girl he quits for however doesnt even notice Sammy therefore seems to quickly regret his words of I quit He doesnt take his words back though despite his knowing they were folly One could rightly say he quit to get the girl In a way that statement is also quite ironic Evidently Sammy doesnt think much of girls This is very evident in two instances The first was when he was describing stretch as The kind of girl other girls think is very striking and attractive but never quite makes it as they very well know which is why they like her so much That was an apparent crack at the shallowness of girls and was reinforced later on in his retort about there maybe might be nothing but a buzz in a girls head Sammy was very ignorant of woman and his view leaves it hard to believe that he quit for Queenie More probable in the reason that he quit was that the incident with the three girls was just the straw that broke the camels back Sammy was obviously from a small town He like many others in many places got sick of
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