Where do you think Sammy will find himself in ten years? Why?  

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a wide open question.  Feel free to answer as you see fit.  The more important part of your answer is going to be explaining why you think what you think.  

The story does not end happily.  Sammy quits his job on an impulse.  He partially wants to stand up to his boss for what Sammy believes is poor treatment of the girls.  Sammy is also acting a bit selfishly.  He wants to impress the girls.  He believes that his actions might make the girls see him as their knight in shining armor.  Unfortunately for Sammy, the girls do not notice, and he is then out of a job.  Lengel says, "You'll feel this for the rest of your life," and Sammy figures Lengel is right.  Sammy also believes that his life will be much harder from that point forward.  

His face was dark gray and his back stiff, as if he'd just had an injection of iron, and my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter.

That is pretty depressing.  It makes readers think that Sammy made a mistake and that his future life is not going to go anywhere.  With that in mind, I believe it is likely that ten years from now Sammy will be a grocery clerk once again.  He will have begged for his job back from Lengel.  Lengel will have agreed, but Lengel will also not be likely to ever promote Sammy.  If Sammy does not return to his old job, perhaps he will have the same type of job somewhere else.  Maybe he will be a gas station attendant.  

Of course it's also possible that Sammy's life will be amazing ten years later.  By quitting his job, Sammy is standing up for what he believes is right and honorable.  It shows that he is a man of strong character and stands by his principles.  He takes action even though he knows it will result in his misfortune.  Lengel does not automatically accept Sammy's quitting decision.  He patiently warns Sammy of the danger, and it seems that Lengel is giving Sammy a chance to respectfully change his mind. 

Lengel sighs and begins to look very patient and old and gray. He's been a friend of my parents for years. "Sammy, you don't want to do this to your Mom and Dad," he tells me.

Despite being given the chance to change his mind, Sammy still stands by his decision.  He knows that the road will be tough, yet he still quits.  Sammy's actions remind me of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.  That poem's final two lines are as follows:

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Sammy is taking the road less traveled.  He is taking the tougher route.  It's possible that his life will be forever changed for the better because of his actions.  Ten years later, Sammy might be the manager of his own store.  Better yet, Sammy could be the owner of his own grocery store chain that treats customers in an entirely different fashion than the A&P he was employed at before. 
ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This story was first published in 1961, right at the verge of the social revolution that would occur in the 1960's. At the end of the story he has an epiphany about " how hard to world was going to be hereafter". The implication is that Sammy has reached a turning point in his path to maturity. He is nineteen and ready for fresh experiences and he has learned not to be a person who simply follows someone else blindly. This would indicate he would be very ready for the revolution in society that took place in the 1960's. I could see him as a leader of a protest march or a counter-cultural group. However, by the end of the 1960's, most of the revolutionary leaders settled down into regular jobs, married and had families of their own. So, perhaps after leading a life of protest in the 1960's, Sammy settled down and maybe even became a supermarket manager himself.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because Sammy remarks, ..."I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter," he probably moves back toward the more conservative path.  Much like Flick Webb of Updike's poem, "Ex-Basketball Player," Sammy may end up having only one flash upon the stage of life, having realized its cost. He may well wind up in the role he has most detested: one like that of Lengel.