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Who is the antagonist in "A&P"?

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The antagonist of John Updike's short story "A&P" is the store's manager, Lengel . Lengel is also a Sunday school teacher and is described as being "pretty dreary." When the three young ladies wearing revealing bathing suits enter the grocery store to buy Kingfish Fancy Herring Snacks in Pure Sour Cream for Queenie's mother, Sammy's boss, Lengel, reprimands the girls for their attire. Sammy, the store's nineteen-year-old cashier, listens as Lengel embarrasses the three girls by telling them that "this isn't the beach." After Queenie innocently responds to Lengel's comment, he repeats himself and tells the three girls that the next time they enter the store they need to be decently dressed. Sammy,...

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