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by John Updike

A&P Appearances Quotes

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Quote #4

All that was left for us to see was old McMahon patting his mouth and looking after them sizing up their joints. Poor kids, I began to feel sorry for them, they couldn't help it. (11)

When Sammy sees McMahon looking at the girls like prey, he realizes that, while daring, the girls' appearance might actually be putting them in a dangerous or uncomfortable situation. This moment also marks a turning point in the story: afterward, things become more serious.

Quote #5

"That makes no difference," Lengel tells her, and I could see from the way his eyes went that he hadn't noticed she was wearing a two-piece before. "We want you decently dressed when you come in here." (17)

Lengel definitely does not approve of the girls' appearance and doesn't hesitate to make this known. Why do you think he feels the need to make his point so strongly? Why does he think bathing suits are indecent? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

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