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How do we learn that Sammy is an experienced girl-watcher in "A & P"?

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We learn that Sammy is an experienced girl-watcher by the phrases he uses to describe the group of girls that enters the store. He describes the one girl as having "one of those chubby berry faces, the lips all bunched together under her nose," as though he has seen many such "berry faces" before because he can identify it as belonging to a category of a sort. He's obviously somewhat familiar with female faces to make a comment like this. Similarly, he can tell that another girl's hair "hadn't quite frizzed right," as though he knows precisely how a girl would want her hair to be styled, given a choice (which he would likely only know by observing a number of other girls' hairstyles).

Further, she has "one of these sunburns right across under the eyes," implying that he has seen many such sunburns on many other girls. He says that she is "the kind of girl other girls think is very...

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