A & P Sammy Decision

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Sammy and his decision Most men will try their hardest just to impress women. This is what A&P is all about. Sammy, who works as a cashier in a supermarket, gives us a perfect example what he done to impress a girl. His poor decision to quit his job was a bad decision and will definitely have a big effect on him in the future. In the very first sentence Sammy seemed shocked, "In walks three girls in nothing but bathing suits" (Updike). He looked at the girls what they were wearing. At this time he is checking out "one of these cash-register-watchers," and he is yelled at for ringing up her item twice (Updike). This distraction from his job shows his interest in the girls, especially the one he calls "Queenie." To Sammy’s pleasure, Queenie and her two friends pick his register to purchase the "Fancy Herring Snacks in Pure Sour Cream" (Updike) that the mother of queenie asked to purchase. Queenie puts the snacks on the counter; Sammy looks at her hands and notices that she wasn’t holding any money. He was wondering where she’s going to get the money from, she pulls the money "out of the hollow at the center of her nubbled pink top" (Updike). This is when Sammy makes the decision to try to impress her. When the store manager approaches Sammy’s lane, he felt this was his big chance to impress queenie. The store manager visit Sammy’s lane and the first thing he says "Girls, this isn’t the beach," (Updike). Queenie responds to the store manager “lengel” that her mother sent her to buy her some groceries. However, queenie felt that since her mother sent her it is okay coming to the store with a bathing suit on. While Lengel and Queenie are arguing, Sammy pictures himself hanging out with her. In his imagination he sees, "her father and the other men were standing around in ice-cream coats and bow ties and the women were in sandals picking up herring snacks on

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