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Is John Updike's characterization of Queenie in"A & P" flat or round?

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In John Updike's short story, "A & P," Queenie (as Sammy perceives her to be) comes into the grocery store where he works, with two friends, dressed in bathing suits. At the time this story was written (and even still in some places today), this was unsuitable attire in public locations like stores and restaurants, for example. This detail becomes the source of conflict between Sammy and his manager when his boss chastises the girls for their inappropriate attire.

To decide whether "Queenie" is a flat or round character, it is best to check the definition. Dr. L. Kip Wheeler's site on "Literary Terms and Definitions" defines...

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