What is the plot of "A&P"?

"A&P" is narrated by a young man named Sammy who works at a grocery store. He sees three girls come in wearing bathing suits, and his manager scolds them for their "indecent" apparel. Sammy quits his job in protest.

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This story is narrated by a nineteen-year-old man named Sammy who works at a small-town grocery store. He is a first-person objective narrator, meaning that he is a participant in the story's events and is narrating these events after they have already taken place.

He is working one day, checking...

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This story is narrated by a nineteen-year-old man named Sammy who works at a small-town grocery store. He is a first-person objective narrator, meaning that he is a participant in the story's events and is narrating these events after they have already taken place.

He is working one day, checking customers out, and he sees three girls walk in wearing bathing suits. He is distracted by them as they make their way through the store, and he notes that one of the girls is the clear leader—he calls her Queenie—while the other two obviously follow her lead. Other people in the store are scandalized by what the girls are wearing, but the narrator and his coworker, Stokesie, joke about their own attraction to the girls' clothing and demeanor.

The girls eventually approach Sammy's checkout counter, and the lead girl hands him a can of fancy herring snacks, paying with a bill she pulls from her bikini top. Suddenly, the store manager comes in, and he chastises the girls for being dressed "indecently" in the store.

Sammy rings up the purchase and quits his job as a sort of protest that the manager "embarrass[ed]" the girls. Despite the manager's attempt to stop him, Sammy turns in his apron and walks out. He realizes "how hard the world was going to be to [him] hereafter."

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