Study Guide

A&P Characters

By John Updike

Sammy

Sammy, the 19-year-old narrator of "A&P," is a cashier in an A&P grocery store in a small...

Queenie

Queenie isn't really this girl's name. We don't know her name or much about her at all. We see...

The Girl in the Plaid Bikini

This is the first girl Sammy notices. He has both flattering and unflattering thoughts about her,...

The Tall Girl

This bathing-suit-wearing girl gets a raw deal. Sammy doesn't find her attractive, and she...

Stokesie

Stokesie (or just Stokes) is Sammy's 22-year-old married coworker. He has two kids and hopes to...

Lengel

Lengel is the stuffy manager of the A&P. He's also a local Sunday school teacher. He is the...

McMahon

McMahon is the butcher. He gives girls directions to the herring snacks and then ogles them. His...