A&P | Study Guide

John Updike

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A&P | Characters

Character Description
Sammy Sammy, who narrates the story, is a 19-year-old cashier at a small-town A&P. Read More
Lengel As the manager of the A&P, Lengel has to make sure everything runs smoothly and according to the rules. Read More
Queenie Queenie is Sammy's nickname for a very attractive and self-confident girl who brings her bathing suit-clad friends into the A&P to buy herring snacks. Read More
A&P customers Sammy calls the A&P customers wandering the aisles "sheep"; they all travel in the same direction and avert their eyes as soon as they see the girls in bathing suits.
Big Tall Goony-Goony Big Tall Goony-Goony is Sammy's nickname for one of Queenie's friends. She is taller and less attractive than the other two girls.
Cash register watcher The cash register watcher is a middle-aged female customer who criticizes Sammy for ringing up her HiHo crackers twice when he becomes distracted as the three girls in bathing suits enter the store.
McMahon McMahon is an older man who works at the meat counter.
Plaid Plaid is the nickname Sammy gives the other of Queenie's two friends—a plump girl wearing a plaid two-piece bathing suit.
Stokesie A 22-year-old married man with two children, Stokesie works with Sammy at the A&P.
Young married woman The only person in the parking lot when Sammy leaves the store is a young married woman yelling at her children.
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