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John Updikes short story A P recounts how an adolescent supermarket cashier named Sammy has his life changed forever when three girls in bathing suits shop in the store where he works He is the first person narrator who shapes the tale with his descriptions attitudes and opinions He is the protagonist who grows up quickly in a single day and the only round fully developed character in the tale As you proceed through the story and become acquainted with Sammys opinions and ideas it becomes obvious that Sammy has made the only choice that affords the possibility of real joy and fulfillment in his future He is ready for a change Sammys life revolves around his job at a local A P supermarket in a small Massachusetts town north of Boston The store is located right in the middle of town 99 and near two banks and the Congregational church 99 Although the town is only five miles from the beach 99 theres people in this town havent seen the ocean for twenty years 99 The beach is for tourists and wealthy visitors not the townsfolk We see a very conservative community investing their money for the future and preparing for the next life but not living or enjoying this one to any extent The store is typical of a post-war A P with its fluorescent lights checkerboard green-and-cream rubber-tile floor 98 and all those stacked packages 98 Its a little shabby selling records at discountgunk you wonder they waste the wax on and plastic toys done up in cellophane that fall apart when a kid looks at them 99 There are seven slots for the cashiers to work in and Sammy has to wear a uniform at work a bow tie and apron as do the other workers The aisles are organized like the cat-and-dog-food-breakfast-cereal-macaroni-rice-raisins-seasonings-spreads-spagehetti-soft-drinks-crackers-and-cookies 98 aisle items pigeon-holed but apparently without any regard to an items
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