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by John Updike

A&P Gender Quotes

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Quote #4

The girls, and who'd blame them, are in a hurry to get out, so I say "I quit" to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they'll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero. (22)

Updike describes this moment as an act of "feminist protest." Do you agree?

Quote #5

They keep right on going, into the electric eye; the door flies open and they flicker across the lot to their car, Queenie and Plaid and Big Tall Goony-Goony (not that as raw material she was so bad), leaving me with Lengel and a kink in his eyebrow. (22)

Some readers feel that Sammy's not-so-nice way of thinking about the girls undermines his act and casts doubt on his motivations. What do you think?

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