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In "A & P," what does Sammy's description of the three girls reveal about his character?  

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Sammy describes each of the three girls in turn. His description of the first girl reads as follows:

She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit.

From this description, we can infer that Sammy is a little lascivious. He focuses entirely on the girl's physical attributes and describes them in an overtly sexual manner. He describes her "can," or bottom, for example, as "sweet broad [and] soft looking." This description implies a hungry person salivating at the prospect of a delicious meal, and indeed Sammy looks at the first girl as if he wants to consume or possess her. He sexualizes and objectifies her.

Describing the second girl, Sammy says,

there was this one, with one of those chubby berry-faces, the lips all bunched together under her nose.

The phrase "this one" seems rather dismissive, again implying that Sammy doesn't have much respect for these girls. He also again focuses...

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