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In his short story gAPh John Updike presents the story through the view of an adolescent boy who is a supermarket checkout clerk of the gAPh The boy Sammy comes across three strange girls who come to the AP to shop wearing nothing but bathing suits This extraordinary happening in his dull everyday existence casts a great influence on the direction of his future One learns about Sammys station in life through the setting of the story He is not a great war hero or superstar but a checker at a small town A P just north of Boston He is not moving up in his job or down simply stagnant He has to work not of his own will but from his familyfs economic condition Then he meets the girls of almost his own age and he describes them in detail The reader can quickly recognize the boyfs interest in girls however there is also another feeling inside Sammy All of a sudden I slid right down her voice into her living room Her father and all the other men were standing around in ice-cream coats and bow tiesWhen my parents have somebody over they get lemonade and if its a real racy affair Schlitz in tall glasses with Theyll Do It Every time cartoons stenciled on Sammys thoughts give the reader some insight into his feeling that the girls just like the wealthy summer colony five miles away from the town they came from are out of his reach Sammy is ready to make a change The girls provide motivation for Sammy to take the step necessary to make some changes in his life Therefore they play the role of mentor by inspiring him However the store manager Lengel who is also a Sunday school teacher criticizes the girls as a matter of course on their dress The reader can recognize that Lengel is a conservative person from
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