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Character Analysis Essay Sammy In the story A&P, written by John Updike, the main character, Sammy, is a very unique individual. The story takes place in 1961, at one of the A&P grocery stores. Sammy is one of the workers there, and becomes very confused when three young girls walk in wearing only their bathing suits. Throughout the story Sammy tries to identify the reason the girls are just wearing their bathing suits, and what they came into the store for in the first place. The story begins as Sammy is standing at the third register checking out an older woman, whom he describes in the story as beginning “one of these cash-register-watchers”, and accidentally rings up her Hi-Ho crackers twice. The lady begins to fuss Sammy for doing this. He describes her as a woman in her fifties; that has been waiting for a cashier to mess up on her. He talks about if she would have been living in Salem that they would have burned her, basically calling her a witch. By this taking place, the reader might think he is a very cocky young man. While he is being fussed by the old lady, three girls walk in, in their bathing suits, and begin walking down the aisles. He is blown away by this sight and begins to stare at the girls.